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Former Clarks boss to be deputy London Mayor

Tim Parker, former Clarks chief executive, has been hired by London Mayor Boris Johnson, to become the deputy Mayor.

The former footwear boss has also agreed to become chairman of Transport for London, as well as chief executive of the Greater London Authority.

The multi-millionaire, who made his fortune from private equity, has agreed to take no salary for his roles and is counted amongst Britain’s most successful businesses men.

Parker is renowned for his cost cutting approach and turning around flagging companies and he was once dubbed “The Prince of Darkness” by the GMB union.

Parker left the shoe business in 2002 to join car repair business Kwik-Fit.

Did you ever work with Tim Parker at Clarks? What do think he will do for London in his new role?

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