We are excited to announce that Clare Harris has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, after 17 years in the company. Clare brings to the board a wealth of experience having held roles across operations and recently serving as a Senior Vice President, Client Director.
During her 23-year career, Clare has built a reputation as a recognized leader in the industry, working with and managing projects for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Clare joined Proxima 17 years ago in a Programme Management role, leading large cost optimization programs for clients across retail, financial services, and manufacturing. Clare has also held a number of leadership roles across operations and has been involved in steering the company’s growth and operational excellence.
Clare combines her operational expertise with significant client experience as she has spent time delivering Proxima’s client services. She has a background in the retail space and has been instrumental in driving the business’ growth in the sector working with brands such as M&S, Asos, Primark, and Sainsbury’s. She is also a key part of Proxima’s culture as an organization in her role as senior sponsor of the Gender Equality Network, advocating for more diversity & inclusion both within Proxima and across the industry.
Proxima was recently acquired by global consultancy Bain & Company and Clare has been instrumental in the integration of the two company’s services to leverage their combined expertise. As the newly appointed COO, Clare will focus on ensuring that Proxima’s operations continue to support the company in providing differentiated, cost-effective, end-to-end procurement solutions.
Clare Harris, Chief Operating Officer at Proxima, said:
“I am hugely excited to be taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer and joining Proxima’s board. I feel very strongly that we are truly making a difference for our clients during such a critical time and being able to play a role in that is something I’m very proud of. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with my fellow colleagues both on the board and across the business so we can continue to see Proxima going from strength to strength.”
Gareth Evans, Chief Executive Officer at Proxima, said:
“Clare has already made an enormous impact on Proxima’s business and the work we deliver for our clients. Appointing her as Chief Operating Officer not only means that she will continue to deliver excellence across the business, but she will also bring a wealth of knowledge to the leadership group. We’re very proud of developing the careers and talents of our people at Proxima and Clare is a great example of that.”