LONDON — Clarks chief executive officer Mike Shearwood has resigned following allegations of inappropriate behavior.
“Clarks recently learned that aspects of Mr. Shearwood’s conduct, conversations and expressions fell short of the behaviors expected of all its employees on a number of occasions. In these circumstances the board has accepted Mr. Shearwood’s resignation,” the company said in a statement.
Clarks added that Shearwood had breached the 23-page Code of Business Ethics, which “provides guidance on the ethical standards that we expect employees to demonstrate.” Clarks declined to comment on the nature of the allegations made against Shearwood.
Stella David, Clarks’ senior independent director, has been appointed interim ceo.
Shearwood joined the retailer in 2016 and prior to his role at Clarks, headed fashion retailer, Karen Millen. He also served as ceo of high street retailers Oasis, Coast and Warehouse.
Last year, Clarks faced public outcry after the retailer released a range of girls’ shoes called Dolly Babe, while the boy’s range was titled Leader Play.
Clarks removed the names and discontinued the line of shoes. The company said it would work on creating shoe ranges to reflect its “gender-neutral ethos.” The company operates in 35 countries worldwide and has 533 stores in Britain and Ireland.