17 Feb Clarks Americas Rehires Champion as President
Clarks Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of C&J Clark Limited of Somerset, England, announced that Gary Champion will serve as the President of Clarks Americas, effective immediately.
Champion spent 25 years with Clarks, rising to the position of Senior Vice President with responsibility for the wholesale business in the United States and Canada before serving as the COO of Geox USA. Champion rejoins Clarks from Earth Footwear, where he has been President for the past six years.
“Gary is an industry veteran who has a deep history with Clarks and a clear understanding of the brand,” said Clarks Executive Chairman Tom O’Neill. “We are very excited that his leadership will guide the Americas Region to its next stage of growth.”
“I’m thrilled to be rejoining the Clarks organization at a time when the global strategy aligns so closely to the Americas strategy for growth,” said Champion. “To be part of this new chapter for Clarks is truly exciting. It’s like coming home!”
Geralyn Breig, President of Clarks Americas, has left the business.
Tom O’Neill commented: “On behalf of our Board and Executive Management Team, I want to thank Geralyn for all that she helped the Americas Region to achieve during her tenure and wish her the very best. Gary Champion comes to us at a time of exceptional opportunity for Clarks. With his enormous amounts of energy and deep understanding of the footwear business, Clarks in the Americas will excel under his leadership.”