by Stephen Garner

Cole Haan has tapped Stephen J. Henderson as its new chief digital officer.

Henderson joins the brand from Caleres where he most recently served as senior vice president of marketing and e-commerce.

Henderson begins immediately and will oversee Cole Haan’s global digital footprint. In the last year, Cole Haan has rolled out 26 localized sites across international markets with continued growth slated for the next fiscal year. Henderson will oversee all sites operated by international distributors, as well as Cole Haan USA, Japan, and Canada.

“I am thrilled to join the Cole Haan leadership team, with its incredible track record for innovation that matches a deep understanding for how consumers live and pursue their passions,” said Henderson. “Cole Haan is an exceptional brand that I have respected for years. I am looking forward to working with the entire team to help accelerate growth, particularly in digital and direct channels, during this unique time in history.”

“We are honored to have an executive of Stephen’s exceptional talent join our leadership team,” added Jack Boys, CEO of Cole Haan. “As we look toward digital commerce expansion globally, Stephen will have a wide mandate to work across the entire Cole Haan enterprise to accelerate our digital growth agenda.”

“Stephen is one of those rare executives that brings equal parts consumer obsession, technological know-how, and a passion for design and user experience,” commented David Maddocks, brand president of Cole Haan. “This alchemy will further transform our global digital platforms to drive growth over the next several years.”