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Women’s boss in shock Clarks exit

The director of footwear multiple Clarks’ women’s division Alistair Cameron has left the business.

The reasons for Cameron’s departure are unclear, but he is not thought to have a job to go to. However, industry sources told Drapers that Clarks’ women’s footwear was trading ahead of last year and beating budgets.

Cameron, who joined Clarks two years ago from trainer brand New Balance where he was European managing director, is widely regarded as having significantly improved the footwear giant’s ranges. Clarks created the head of women’s role specifically for Cameron.
“Clarks has better product now,” said a source close to the business. “A lot has been done in terms of image and it is all to do with wearability. The quality is good and the higher-priced product is selling.”

Clarks’ sales rose 6.6% to £1.1 billion but profits fell 2.3% to £93.3 million for the year to January 31.

Clarks declined to comment.

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