Salzano Exits Clarks
James Salzano, Clarks
James Salzano is leaving Clarks Companies, N. A. after almost two decades. He has been at the helm of the company since 2011 since the departure of friend and mentor Bob Infantino.
"Clarks is an [almost] 190-year-old company with a phenomenal brand and history, and I have nothing but good things to say about it," Salzano said in a phone interview with Footwear News. "I was so fortunate to work at a family company and have my dad right there." (Joe Salzano is VP of sales at the firm.)
Salzano mentioned he looks forward to continuing his work at Two Ten Footwear Foundation, where he serves as chairman of the board.
Salzano did not comment on his move but remains passionate about the shoe industry saying, "We've got such a special industry."
Clarks footwear is all about style. And all about comfort. As they see it, you can't have one without the other. Their designers seek out the freshest trends from cities around the world, and then interpret them in a way that's just right for our customers. From fashion-forward trendsetters to people who prefer timeless classics, Clarks is for anyone who appreciates craftsmanship, premium materials and innovative technologies-so they can get out there and do what they love to do.
At Clarks, they design, innovate, manufacture and sell more than 50 million pairs of shoes every year. Operating in over 35 countries, they have ambitious growth plans as we position Clarks as a truly global brand.
While change is a constant and innovation is a Clarks hallmark, they never lose sight of the values that have made us the business they are today-the values that have been central to our success for the past 185 years. They believe in treating customers, partners, suppliers and each other with honesty, integrity and respect. Their heritage inspires us to keep moving forward.