Suzanne McKenna was appointed managing director of C. & J. Clark International in August and is in charge of developing the core Clarks brand in all markets. She reports to the company’s chief executive Giorgio Presca, the former head of Geox and Golden Goose.

McKenna was previously global head of the lingerie brand Triumph.

In May, Presca, unveiled the company’s new business plan - dubbed “Made to Last” - that will aim to steer it into its third century of operation.

The plan involves 900 job losses, with 200 new roles being created. The company also reorganized its brand portfolio into three distinct business units Clarks, Clarks Originals and Cloudsteppers by Clarks. Each business represents a “unique” consumer segment and will oversee everything from production proposition to design, price and marketing, Clarks pointed out.

Presca is also believed to be seeking new investors that would inject an estimated £100 million to £150 million (€108m-$128m/€162m-$192m) in the company by buying a minority stake.