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Red Wing Shoe Company Gettings President & CEO

Red Wing Shoe Company has announced that its board of directors has named Allison Gettings president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

Gettings, who is currently president, will assume the role of CEO following the planned retirement of Mark Urdahl who has served as the company’s CEO since 2016.

Gettings will become the 10th CEO and first woman to lead Red Wing Shoe Company since it was founded in 1905.

She has worked at the company for 14 years in a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities.

In her most recent position as president, Gettings established the company’s first dedicated corporate social responsibility department, which is focused on further advancing Red Wing Shoe Company’s commitments to the environment and the community.

Gettings is the great granddaughter of J.R. Sweasy, who served as president and CEO from 1921-1949 and the first fourth-generation family member to run the company.

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