Clarks has appointed Walker Boyd and Lucien Alziari as independent non-executive directors of the company with immediate effect.
Boyd, a chartered accountant, has worked with many retailers including online and catalogue clothing business Grattan, which was previously owned by Next. Alziari is chief human resources officer at the Maersk Group, a global conglomerate operating in trade, shipping and energy. He has also held senior HR roles at Avon Products, PepsiCo, and Mars Confectionery in the UK.
The Clarks board now comprises the chairman Tom O’Neill, senior independent director Nigel Hall, independent non-executive directors Stella David, Walker Boyd and Lucien Alziari, family non-executive directors Hugh Clark and Tim Campbell and company secretary and group director of legal Debbie Wakeford.
In September Clarks chief executive Melissa Potter and chief financial officer Robin Beacham left the retailer unexpectedly.
Potter left after 27 years with the family-owned retailer, while Beacham had worked there for nine. O’Neill is now leading the business as executive chairman until a replacement for Potter is appointed. Group financial controller Mike Coley has been made interim CFO.
O’Neill said: “Walker and Lucien bring extensive experience of working in companies that operate in highly competitive sectors, delivering products and services in diverse consumer markets. Their experience will further strengthen our board and play pivotal, independent roles helping Clarks achieve its global ambitions.”