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Matt Rubel
CEO of Collective Brands, Inc.

Company Profile

Industry: Apparel Stores
Employees: 13,500
Revenues: $3.32B
Market Cap: $0.85B

Matt Rubel is recognized for his leadership in forming Collective Brands and establishing the companyís vision of creating the pre-eminent, consumer-centric, global footwear, accessories and lifestyle brand company. He is also recognized by the investment community as one of the top CEOs within the apparel and footwear industry.

Under Mattís leadership, Collective Brands has evolved into a dynamic and diverse global enterprise, with a strong portfolio of iconic brands reaching consumers across the world through wholesale, retail, e-commerce, licensing and franchising channels. The company expanded its global footprint to nearly 100 countries worldwide.

Matt is responsible for the Shoes4Kids program which donates more than 77,000 pairs of shoes to children during the holiday season

CEO Bio

Matt Rubel brought his strategic leadership skills and extensive brand, marketing, merchandising and business knowledge to Payless ShoeSource in June, 2005. As CEO and President, Matt strategy was to create an inspiring, customer-centric organization with a new position as a specialty retailer dedicated to democratizing fashion in footwear and accessories.

In July, 2007, Matt led the acquisition of The Stride Rite Corporation and the formation of Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS), the parent company of Payless ShoeSource, Stride Rite (now named the Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group) and Collective Licensing International. Matt was named CEO and President. In May, 2008, he was elected Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of Collective Brands, Inc.

From 1999 to 2005, Matt was Chairman, President and CEO of Cole Haan, a leading marketer of high quality menís and womenís shoes and accessories, and subsidiary of Nike, Inc. At Cole Haan, Matt guided the company into a new era by re-energizing the brand and creating a strong global presence. During his time with Cole Haan, the company doubled in size and expanded its global foot print, positioning the company as a leading fashion brand.

Matt is active in several industry and civic organizations, including the Jay H. Baker Initiative at the Wharton School Ė University of Pennsylvania; Young Presidentís Organization; University of Miami Board of Trustees, Florida; Chairman of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America; Matt is a member of the American Ballet Theater (ABT) Board of Governing Trustees, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Board of Trustees, and the Board for National Retail Federation (NRF).

CEO Insights

Be ready for change with dynamic action. Be creative, work with teams and build relationships.  Learn from your mistakes and move on. - Matt Rubel, CEO of Collective Brands, Inc.

What is great for us is that kids continue to change size and our childrenís business is doing well even in a recession. - Matt Rubel, CEO of Collective Brands, Inc.

High levels of unemployment currently at play could slow the recovery on Main Street and at retail. Employment growth is really a necessary factor for vibrant growth in the consumer sector. - Matt Rubel, CEO of Collective Brands, Inc.

Our strategy, regardless of the economic climate, is to remain focused on the consumers...They hold the key to any retailer or brand success. - Matt Rubel - CEO of Collective Brands, Inc.

We can be successful if we understand our customersí needs and desires, and then find innovative ways to deliver great product and provide an outstanding, experience in our stores. - Matt Rubel, CEO of Collective Brands, Inc.

Our CRM capabilities have grown beyond our expectations in the last few years, and are providing us with meaningful new insights on how to reach and connect with our customers on a deeper level. - Matt Rubel, CEO of Collective Brands, Inc.

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