David Bensadoun is taking over as chief executive of footwear giant Aldo Group Inc., the company founded by his father Aldo Bensadoun in 1972.

The Montreal-based global retailer, which has more than 2,100 stores in 95 countries, said outgoing chief executive Patrik Frisk will work with the company to ensure a smooth transition when Bensadoun takes the helm in April.

Bensadoun, 46, has worked at Aldo since 1995 and was most recently president of the retailer’s North Americas division, which has the bulk of its stores.

“I’m enormously proud to pass the baton to David who will continue the family legacy through his leadership of the company,” Aldo Bensadoun said in a statement.

The company also said Jurgen Schreiber will take over Aldo Bensadoun’s role as chairman of the board of directors in April. Schreiber, a retail veteran and former Shoppers Drug Mart chief executive, has been on Aldo’s advisory board for four years.

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