Group Senior Management
Ms. Lafon brings over 30 years of Pan European retail experience, underpinned by a tremendous record for achieving results, quickly. She has extensive experience in buying, merchandising, strategy and proposition development, coupled with strong operational and leadership skills. Beatrice's past experience includes blue chip retailers such as Marks & Spencer, J Sainsbury's (where she launched homebase.co.uk, the first DIY transactional website in the world in 2000), BSkyB, Kingfisher Group and sizeable private businesses such as River Island, Tchibo and Animal.
Melanie brings over 25 years of fashion retail experience and an absolute passion & understanding of the Claire's brand, customers & products. Her past experience includes high profile international retailers such as Top Shop & New Look, and spans marketing, PR, events, buying, merchandising, design and quality assurance.
SVP (UNDER 12 YEARS)
With 20 years of buying experience in apparel, jewelry and accessories, Karen Booker joined the Claire's European team in 2004. Karen started her career working for the Arcadia group in the UK and prior to Claire's, spent 8 years driving key product initiatives, sales and profit for Walmart . Karen is highly creative and brings over 10 years of passion for the Claire's brand, alongside key insights into the ever changing customer demands.
Per Brodin taps into his 20 years of financial, accounting and management experience with companies such as Centene Corp. and The May Department Stores Co. to drive Claire’s financial growth, global expansion and investor relations. Empowered to manage a top notch financial team in a global business environment, Per has enabled Claire’s position for continued success, future progress and performance.
Colleen Collins has demonstrated true dedication to building the Claire’s and Icing brands. She began her career with Claire’s over 25 years ago. Throughout her exceptional tenure with Claire’s Inc., she has held a variety of demanding positions and has a proven track record of continued growth and success. Colleen’s leadership and depth of knowledge have been instrumental in building the Store Operations group into an exceptional team. She has also ensured her team is poised to support Claire’s and Icing into the future as we continue our international expansion.
SVP, DIGITAL AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
David is an eCommerce, IT and multi-channel expert with over 20 years’ experience in multi-channel retailing. He has held senior leadership roles at some of Europe's leading companies including Shop Direct, Littlewoods, GUS Plc, JJB Sports and TJ Hughes. With an exceptional track record of leading high performing teams to achieve sustained profitable growth. His experience includes building successful teams across eCommerce, IT, contact centres, design & creative, development, programme management and strategy.
SVP, (OVER 12 YEARS)
With nearly 20 years of buying and planning experience, Tim McClure joined Claire’s in January 2014, as Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Jewelry for Claire’s North America. Tim has held several leadership positions previously for May Department Stores, Macy’s and The Men’s Wearhouse. Tim has delivered sales and profit growth in key merchandising categories throughout his career such as jewelry, watches, accessories and footwear. Tim’s strong category expertise and his ability to develop talented executives, makes him a valuable member of Claire’s leadership team.
SVP, MANAGING DIRECTOR RSI INTERNATIONAL
A seasoned executive with over 25 years in fashion accessories and jewelry, Chona Ponce brings tremendous experience to the Claire’s team. Prior to joining Claire’s, Chona serviced many fashion and global retailers including The Gap, Esprit, Walmart and JCPenney. Her commitment to the Claire’s Global Sourcing team is evident with nearly two decades of continued service and year over year growth.