Elects William Patrick McGinnis
Board of Directors
ST. LOUIS, Mo., October 14, 1999 -- W. Patrick McGinnis, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ralston Purina Company, has been elected to the Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
McGinnis, 51, is Chief Executive Officer and President of Ralston Purina Company, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ralston Purina, Pet Products Group.
He is also a member of the Ralston Purina Company Board of Directors.
, with his experience in running a top consumer marketing company, will be a real asset to our Board and to Brown Shoe
," said Fromm.
McGinnis joined Ralston Purina Company in 1972.
In 1984, he
was named Corporate Vice President of Ralston Purina
and Executive Vice President, Grocery Products Group
In 1989, he was named President, Chief Operating Officer, Grocery Products Group, and in 1992, was named President and Chief Executive Officer, Pet Products Group.
was named to his
current position in 1999.
McGinnis also recently was elected to the Board of Trustees of Washington University in St. Louis.
McGinnis' election increases the number of Board members from eight to nine.
In May 2000, at the Brown Shoe annual shareholders' meeting, he
will stand for election to a three-year term.
McGinnis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Denver and his Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the Washington University Graduate School of Business in St. Louis.