Senior Clarks pair depart shoe seller

British footwear retailer Clarks continues to undergo a substantial shake-up in its leadership ranks with Bob Neville, managing director for the UK and Ireland, and Victoria Jones, the chief product officer have exited the company.

The company recently confirmed the departure of chief executive Jonathan Ram.

Neville, a seasoned retail professional with over 30 years of experience in Hong Kong, joined Clarks just last July to oversee the company's operations in the UK and Ireland. Prior to Clarks, he held leadership roles at prominent brands like Under Armour and New Balance.

Jones, who had been with the footwear retailer for more than six years, initially joined as the head of retail marketing for the UK and Europe before ascending to the role of chief product and merchandising officer in 2021.

The exits of Neville and Jones follow hot on the heels of Ram's departure last month after a two-year tenure as chief executive, during which he aimed to steer the company through the turbulent retail landscape. In the wake of these leadership changes, Clarks' chairman, Colin Li, and other directors have formed an interim executive committee to guide the business until a permanent successor for the chief executive position is appointed.

As Clarks navigates this transitional period, the company faces the formidable task of adapting to the evolving consumer behaviours and economic realities while maintaining its position as a beloved footwear brand.

The retail sector has been grappling with soaring costs and tightening consumer purse strings, as households prioritise essential expenditures over discretionary purchases. This challenging landscape has compelled numerous retailers to reassess their strategies and make tough decisions on personnel and direction.

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