Clarks, the leading global casual footwear brand, today announces the appointment of Giorgio Presca as
Chief Executive Officer. Presca will be responsible for all operational, financial and commercial aspects of
the business and will lead the Clarks strategy with the Executive Committee. He will join the company
during March 2019.
Giorgio Presca, born in Trieste, Italy, has more than 20 years of experience in managing and developing
global premium brands, particularly in the footwear and apparel industries, working across listed, private-
equity-owned, family-run, and founder-led businesses.
His most recent position was CEO at Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, where he led the operating
transformation, rapid growth and global expansion of the business.
Between 2012 and 2016 he was CEO at Geox where he executed a brand and company turnaround and
returned the business to profitable growth. Previously, Giorgio built his track record in senior leadership
positions in Diesel, VF Corporation Jeanswear International division, Citizens of Humanity, Levi Strauss &
Co. and Lotto.
Commenting on the appointment Tom O’Neill, Chairman, said: “I am pleased to welcome Giorgio to Clarks
as our new CEO. He brings a wealth of experience including a deep understanding of the footwear market.
He will work together with interim CEO Stella David to ensure a smooth transition over the coming weeks,
after which Stella will return to her previous role as non-executive director. I would like to thank Stella for
stepping in as interim CEO at a challenging time for Clarks and for her tireless and engaging leadership in
Giorgio Presca added: “I cannot wait to join an iconic and historic brand like Clarks and work closely with
the Board, the Executive Committee, its 13,000 people and operating partners across the world. Clarks
faces the challenges of today’s competitive markets, changing distribution channels and the need to adapt
to a rapidly evolving consumer environment but has the competences and assets to return to sustainable
growth and profitability in the course of the next few years.”