RICHARD JOHNSON, CEO OF FOOT LOCKER ALIX COLOW PICK UP. COURTESY OF FOOT LOCKERCourtesy of Foot Locker
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A longtime veteran of the company (most recently as COO), Johnson had big shoes to fill when he took over for Ken Hicks at the end of 2014. Hicks is revered for kickstarting Foot Locker’s previously stagnant sales. First on Johnson’s agenda: constructing a powerful digital infrastructure to keep up with racing online demand. So far he’s off to a good start: The company experienced its most profitable quarter ever at the beginning of 2015 and online sales grew 50% year over year. Johnson’s five-year plan is a full-family experience, connecting parents and kids in stores and online, with a focus on women and kids.