Shoe Zone, a leading UK specialist value footwear retailer, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Fearn as finance director. Fearn will take up his role on 25 July 2016.
Fearn has extensive experience in strategic and commercial finance having worked for Celesio Group (UK) (formally LloydsPharmacy) since 2002. During this time, Fearn has held a number of roles including financial controller – pharmacy, head of strategic analysis, head of strategic finance and head of healthcare services and commercial finance. More recently, Fearn was head of region at LloydsPharmacy where he was responsible for retail operations of 235 stores and oversaw 11 area managers and over 2,000 employees. His most recent role was UK integration lead for Celesio Group (UK) where he was responsible for the integration of two UK based businesses acquired from United Drug Group. Fearn will join the company on 25 July 2016 and it is the intention that he will join the board in due course.
Anthony Smith, executive chairman of Shoe Zone, said: “I am pleased that Jonathan has agreed to join Shoe Zone as our new finance director. His financial and leadership experience from his multiple roles atLloydsPharmacy over the last 14 years ensure he is well placed to run the finance function at Shoe Zone. Nick Davis will work closely with Jonathan to ensure a smooth handover as he transitions to take on more of the CEO responsibilities at the company.”