Astley Clarke seeks global growth with new MD

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Scott Thomson joins company from lifestyle and luxury goods sector.

Jewellery retailer and brand Astley Clarke has appointed a new managing director as the business begins ambitious plans to move into new global markets.

The company has appointed former Claudia Schiffer chief executive Scott Thomson as MD. He is set to work closely with Astley Clarke’s founder and executive chair Bec Astley Clarke.

Bec Astley Clarke said of Thomson appointment: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Scott on board as managing director. Astley Clarke is at an important stage of growth and Scott’s wealth of experience in building iconic international brands and his strategic vision is pivotal to establishing Astley Clarke as an international multi-channel, luxury brand.”

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He is set to bring a comprehensive understanding of the luxury industry and of scaling and managing all aspects of a business.

Thomson added: “I am joining a business that has a wealth of creative talent and am excited about introducing the brand to a broader global audience”

Thomson has a background in the lifestyle and luxury goods industries. He recently held the role of chief executive at Claudia Schiffer, creating a number of collaborations in the luxury sector.

He has also held the role of managing director at lifestyle footwear brand Fitflop, working with the brand’s founder Marcia Kilgore to grow Fitflop’s presence in 40 countries.

Thomson studied chemistry at Brunel University before joining Marks & Spencer. He later joined Peter Black where he was managing director of the footwear division Law Trading during the £300m management buyout of the Peter Black Group.

Astley Clarke was founded in 2006. It last year launched a US website to cater for a growing number of customers outside Europe. Its financial backers include Index Ventures and Net-A-Porter co-founder Carmen Busquets.
 

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