Jay Schmidt

Jay became Chief Executive Officer in January 2023 in the culmination of a carefully planned succession process. He joined the company in 2008 as Senior Vice President/General Manager Image Brands, became President Contemporary Fashion in 2010, and President Brand Portfolio in 2016. In 2020, he was named President and assumed responsibility for consumer and brand strategy for the entire Caleres portfolio. Prior to joining Caleres, Jay spent more than 25 years developing extensive merchandising, portfolio management, and brand marketing experience. He spent 10 years with Nine West Group in several capacities and also held positions of increasing responsibility with Lord & Taylor, May Merchandising Corporation and Macy’s. Jay serves on the Board of Directors of the Accessories Council.