Human Capital

Target and Kroger execs step in new direction

Fast growing footwear company Caleres has added two new merchandising executives with years of experience at Target and Kroger.

By Gina Acosta

PrintTarget and Kroger execs step in new direction
Target and Kroger execs step in new direction

Caleres announced that it has hired Karlyn Mattson as chief merchandising officer and Chris Cavalline as senior vice president, e-commerce.

“We are continuing to fortify our leadership team in critical areas across the company,” said Diane Sullivan, CEO, president and chairman of Caleres. “Karlyn and Chris bring their expertise and talent to an already-strong team, allowing us to reinforce our ability to adjust to the constant and dynamic shifts in consumer buying patterns.”

Mattson will lead Famous Footwear’s buying, merchandising, planning, allocation and analytic functions. Mattson joins Caleres from a 25-year career at Target Corporation where she was most recently vice president merchandise manager of Shoes, Accessories and Intimate Apparel for retail and online. She held leadership positions at May Company and Macy’s.

Cavalline will have responsibility for e-commerce and consumer engagement. This includes oversight of and the customer loyalty program which is over 11 million strong. Cavalline most recently served as chief merchandising officer of, a leading online retailer of healthy living products and a subsidiary of The Kroger Co. Cavalline’s prior positions include vice president of Merchandising and E-Commerce at Kohl’s and several leadership roles with Macy’s.