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Exclusive: Clarks’ UK and Ireland sales bosses exit

Clarks’ head of UK sales, Victoria Frayne, and head of sales for Ireland, Mark O’Driscoll, have both left the shoe retailer, Drapers can reveal.

Frayne worked at Clarks for 31 years and was most recently head of sales for the UK since 2016.

O’Driscoll was head of sales for Ireland since 2005.

Sophie Flinder-Price has been appointed in the new role of head of sales UK and Ireland. She joined Clarks from Portas Agency where she was commercial director for a year.

Before that Flinder-Price was international wholesale and business development manager at Ted Baker for four years.

A spokesman for Clarks said: “In September, we announced some changes to the structure of our European wholesale business.

”The changes will support our strategy and help deliver a first-class experience for our customers by enabling us to focus more on the different segments within the wholesale markets such as independents, key accounts and pureplay accounts. We have recruited new knowledge and expertise to support this approach.

”Mark and Victoria made the decision to leave the business, and we are very grateful for all they contributed to the success of Clarks.”

In June Clarks chief executive Mike Shearwood resigned following an investigation “into complaints of conduct contrary to the family-owned company’s code of business ethics”.

Stella David is currently interim CEO. 

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