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Go Outdoors appoints Claire Webb as chief financial officer

Outdoor clothing specialist Go Outdoors has appointed Maplin’s Claire Webb as its new chief financial officer.

At electronics retailer Maplin, Webb led the finance, legal and HR functions and oversaw the refinancing and sale of the business to Rutland Partners earlier this year.

Webb will succeed Chris Morgan, who leaves Go Outdoors after several years with the business. It is not yet known what his next role will be. Webb will join the Go Outdoors board in early 2015.

Chris Matthews, chief executive of Go Outdoors, said: “On behalf of the Board I would like to extend our deep thanks to Chris Morgan. He has been instrumental in helping the company deliver record sales and achieving financial stability and he led the refinancing of the company last year. I wish him every success in the future.”

Last week, Go Outdoors announced record sales of £174m for the year 2013/14 and EBITDA of £10.2m, up from £9.4m in the previous year. The company reported that in spite of significant investment in new stores, overall debt reduced and this year the business has made further investment in new large format stores.

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