Wolverine Worldwide has recruited Sue Rechner and appointed her as president of Merrell, reporting to Todd Spaletto, who was recently named president of Wolverine's broader Outdoor & Lifestyle Group. Rechner has been for more than 25 years in the outdoor industry, including stations as president of Victorinox Swiss Army in the U.S. and president and chief executive of Confluence Outdoor, an American manufacturer of kayaks, canoes and other paddle sports products. Merrell had been without a president since the departure in May 2015 of Gene McCarthy, who is now in charge of Asics America. Wolverine's biggest brand had been led since then by a veteran of the group, Jim Zwiers, who has been serving lately as executive vice president in charge of leading the group's strategic transformation.