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Sharon John Exits Stride Rite

Mark Neal will oversee the division.

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Sharon John

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Sharon John has stepped down as president of the Stride Rite Children's Group.

John, a toy industry veteran who joined Stride Rite in 2009, has taken a new position as CEO of St. Louis-based Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc.

Mark Neal, group president at Stride Rite parent firm Wolverine World Wide Inc., will oversee the division until John's replacement is named. The company is conducting both an internal and external executive search.