Clay Jenkins

Senior VP of Worldwide Sourcing, Sourcing Services / Caleres

Clay Jenkins is senior vice president of Worldwide Sourcing, Sourcing Services, for Caleres, a $2.6 billion global footwear company that puts consumers and their needs first, by targeting the strategic Family, Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion consumer platforms. His responsibilities include factory compliance and social responsibility, supplier relationships, technical services and new business development. He currently represents Caleres on the US Government ITAC-Industry Trade Advisory Committee.

Prior to this role, he was senior vice president of Specialty Brands from 2004-2009, focusing on the daily operations of the company’s Women’s Specialty and Children’s divisions, as well as its Carlos and Fergie Footwear brands. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s private label sales to mass merchandisers as well as its Dr. Scholl’s brand and Women’s Specialty division.

Jenkins joined Caleres in 1989 as an account executive in the Brown/Pagoda division and in 1993 was promoted to national sales manager for the Women’s division.

Before joining Caleres, Jenkins was with Bakers Footwear Group serving in a variety of roles including senior vice president and divisional merchandise manager, with responsibility for all retail buying and merchandising for 700 stores.

Jenkins is an honorary board member of FDRA-Footwear Retailers and Distributors of America and involved in several committees. He is also on the board of The Next Step Foundation in St. Louis, whose mission is to help people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction to complete their education.