LONE TREE, CO (Nov. 15, 2018) – The University of Colorado South Denver has announced the launch of an impressive new program, Journey to the Top | C-Suite Series, starting in November of this year. Kicking off this series is Andrew Rees, President and CEO of Niwot-based Crocs, Inc., the maker of one of the most iconic footwear silhouettes in the world.
Rees will share personal stories from his two-plus decades in footwear and retail, including his pathway to Crocs, where he’s overseen the $1 billion brand’s transformation and growth efforts. The event, Rees’ first public speaking appearance in Colorado, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 - 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public with limited seating.
“I am thrilled to help CU South Denver kick-off what’s sure to be an educational speaker series,” Rees said. “While my background is in footwear, Crocs presented a challenge full of learning opportunities, but also successes. I look forward to sharing my story in hopes of inspiring others in the community.”
Following a professional networking reception, Rees will accompany Jackie Millet, the mayor of Lone Tree, for an intimate fireside chat with discussions of his triumphs, challenges and lessons learned along his path to success. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask Rees their own questions as well.
“We are proud to have CU South Denver in Lone Tree, and it’s an honor to participate in the kick-off session with Rees,” said Millet.
Sponsors include CBS4, the CU Denver Business School, American Furniture Warehouse and the Denver South EDP. This event is expected to have roughly 300 – 400 attendees and an actual Crocs store, mobile-style, will be outside CU South Denver before the event selling merchandise.
Scot Chadwick, the vice chancellor of enterprise development for CU South Denver, states that this will be “an invaluable opportunity for professionals across the Denver Metro Area to further their own professional development and garner hands-on insights and learnings from a chief executive officer’s journey.”
The Journey to the Top | C-Suite Series boasts a variety of other CEO luminaries for 2019 including Steve White, the President of Comcast’s West Division, Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita and Mary Rhinehart, CEO of Johns Manville. Learn more about this unique program and register here.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Rees joined Crocs as president in June 2014 and became CEO and joined the board of directors in June 2017. He has more than 25 years of experience in the footwear and retail industry and oversees the brand’s global strategy and operations. Prior to joining Crocs, Rees served as managing director of L.E.K. Consulting in Boston where he founded and led the firm’s Retail and Consumer Products Practice for 13 years. While at L.E.K., Rees served as a consultant for Crocs from 2013 to 2014, supporting the development and execution of the company’s strategic growth plan. Previously, Rees served as vice president of both strategic planning and retail operations for Reebok International. He also held a variety of positions at Laura Ashley.
About Crocs, Inc.
Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for women, men and children, combining comfort and style with a value that consumers know and love. Every pair of shoes within Crocs’ collection contains Croslite™ material, a proprietary, molded footwear technology, delivering extraordinary comfort with each step.
In 2018, Crocs reinforces its mission of “everyone comfortable in their own shoes” with the second year of its global Come As You Are™ campaign. To learn more about Crocs or Come As You Are, please visit www.crocs.com or follow @Crocs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.