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Deckers MD departs amid reorganisation

Nick Vance, UK managing director at Deckers UK, parent company of footwear brands Ugg Australia and Teva, has been made redundant after just four months in the post.

Vance’s departure is a result of Deckers’ Europe, Middle East and Africa president Stephen Murray’s plans to merge UK and European operations for the business, streamlining operations at executive level.

Murray will now be directly responsible for overseeing the UK market. Deckers’ operations outside the UK will remain unchanged.

Murray joined Deckers on June 1 this year from US young fashion chain Urban Outfitters, where he had been president since April 2010.

According to a Deckers statement, the changes will create a more “effective operational model”.

It added: “The position of managing director, Deckers UK, previously held by Nick Vance is therefore no longer needed and he will not be replaced.”

The London-based regional EMEA office will be directly responsible for managerial functions for the UK market, including sales, marketing, finance and operations.

Deckers UK was set up as a subsidiary of US-based Deckers Corporation after AMG Group, the former distributor of Ugg Australia, handed back responsibility and management of Ugg Australia to Deckers at the end of December 2010.

Vance, who was previously commercial director at accessories brand Radley before joining Deckers in July, came on board after his predecessor David Ward left the business in December 2010, after just six months in the role.

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