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Clarks Gains a Champion

Footwear veteran Gary Champion is rejoining Clarks. On Thursday, Clarks Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of C&J Clark Limited of Somerset, England, announced Champion will serve as the President of Clarks Americas, effective immediately. He succeeds Geralyn Breig, who has left the business.

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. He has been the president of Earth Footwear for the past six years.

“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,” Champion said in a press release. “To be part of this new chapter for Clarks is truly exciting. It’s like coming home.”

Clarks Executive Chairman Tom O’Neill thanked Breig for all that she has helped the Americas region achieve. He added, “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.”

Earlier this week, Clarks revealed that it was in the process of restructuring resulting in approximately 170 layoffs at both its U.K. and Boston offices.