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Lacoste footwear boss exits after 17 years

Lacoste footwear boss Andy Simister has left the business after more than 17 years as global president of the brand’s footwear division.

Simister, who joined the company in 1996, has left the Pentland-owned brand to explore new commercial opportunities. He will keep his role as a non-executive director at Hunter, in which Pentland is an investor.

Richard Newcombe, vice president of global sales, and Paul Webber, chief financial officer at Lacoste footwear, will cover Simister’s Lacoste responsibilities on an interim basis.

Simister told Drapers the parting was amicable and although he was in “no rush” to find a new position, he was looking for a role within the fashion or footwear industry.

He added: “I am looking forward to the final third of my career and new challenges ahead. I achieved phenomenal success at Lacoste, but it’s a family business and I’m not part of that family so it’s a chance for me to see what else I can achieve in future ventures.”

Pentland chief executive Andy Rubin said Simister had made a “tremendous contribution” to the business, adding the company wished him “great success in his future ventures”.

Readers' comments (7)

  • Right time right place as they say.

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  • Richard will do a great job and will be far more user friendly than Andy who seemed to think he was un-touchable and too good to speak to his customers!

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  • Times changes, Andy had an old school arrogance that was out of date and wasn't working inside the business or out.

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  • couldn't agree more with all the above, Andy needs to think about how he deals with his customers and his work associates although you have to say didn't the "man from manweb" do well

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  • Simisters comment sums him up I...I...I

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  • Karma. Taste of his own medicine !!

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  • i found Andy to be a leader who was thoroughly driven and did not suffer fools gladly, he was straight talking, direct and always for the good of the brand as for right place and right time, Easy to say ! I also worked for Tony Parkin ( Kickers) at the same time, Both men took their respective brands to another level.

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    John McInerney
    Pentland 1982-2003

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