The Wine Society names new CEO

The former chief commercial officer for footwear retailer Clarks has been named the new CEO for The Wine Society, effective from January 2019.

Steve Finlan will join The Wine Society as CEO in January

Steve Finlan took up the role of chief commercial officer for Clarks International in 2014. Prior to this, he held senior executive roles at a number of large retailers, including Marks & Spencer and Gap Inc.

“Today’s competitive landscape is extremely challenging and fast paced and The Society will benefit from the breadth and depth of his experience, building on The Society’s strengths, its strong heritage and membership base,” said Wine Society chairman Sarah Evans. “Steve has a particular focus on operational excellence and the customer experience, and we look forward to his fresh perspective bringing new thinking to The Society.’

During the course of his retail career, Finlan has held leadership roles in sales, operations, and HR, and operational responsibility for IT, supply chain and digital.

“The Society has an amazing award-winning range of wines and services. With a great team in place committed to providing an outstanding experience, it is a consistent high performer in its mission to champion the joy of good wine,” added Finlan. “I’m looking forward to serving both existing and new members, leading The Society into its next phase of development.”

Finlan is currently working out his notice period at Clarks and will join The Society in January.

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