Deckers Brands announced that Connie Rishwain, president of Ugg and Fashion and Lifestyle Brands, has notified the company of her plans to step down in order to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests.
“It has been an amazing 20 years at Deckers and I'm so appreciative of having had the chance to work with many of the brightest people in the footwear industry,” said Rishwain. “I am incredibly proud of everything we've achieved during my long tenure with the company, none more so than evolving the Ugg brand into a $1.5 billion global, premium lifestyle brand. After much consideration, I've decided now is the right time to start the next chapter in my life and allow new leadership to further build on the strong foundation we've created.”
Angel Martinez, chief executive officer and chair of the board of directors, said, “Connie embodies the best qualities of our organization. Her creative vision has helped propel the Ugg brand to new heights year after year. On behalf of the board, I thank Connie for her many contributions towards diversifying the business, strengthening our retail relationships, and developing a strong brand leadership team. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
In January 2014, Deckers promoted Rishwain, who was president, Ugg Australia, to the additional role of group president fashion & lifestyle Brands. Expanding on her previous responsibilities, her new role focused on continuing to build the $1 billion+ Ugg Australia brand, further evolve the Tsubo brand, and oversee any fashion and lifestyle brands the company potentially adds to its portfolio in the future.
Deckers' portfolio of brands includes Ugg, Teva, Sanuk, Ahnu, and Hoka One One.