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Clarks poaches M&S’s international director of operations

Clarks has appointed Marks & Spencer’s director of international operations Steve Finlan as its new chief commercial officer.

Finlan, who has been at M&S since 2012, will be responsible for driving commercial performance across all international markets for the footwear business.

He has replaced Ken Dobinson, who is stepping down from the role to spend more time in Scotland with his family. Finlan joined Clarks on Monday and will work closely with Dobinson until his departure on January 31.

Melissa Potter, chief executive of Clarks, said: “Ken has been a fantastic member of the Clarks team, a great partner to work with and a huge part of our success story. Over his impressive 28 years with the company, his contribution to the growth and continued success of the business has been invaluable.

“Steve’s strong track record at some of the world’s most successful brands combined with his in-depth knowledge of the retail industry globally will be a huge asset for Clarks”, she added.

Finlan said: “This is a world-class company with a strong heritage and exciting growth prospects globally. I look forward to being part of the next chapter in the story of this unique and much-loved brand.”

Finlan was previously president of HR for Europe for GAP for five years until 2004.

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  • This is a great move by Clarks - an iconic brand in the 1990's/early 2000's is ready for a shake up!

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