Stephen Clarke began his career at the Dixons Group in London where he carried out a number of store, product and marketing roles.
In 1995 he moved to Sydney, Australia where he performed a variety of retail roles for telecoms giant Optus Communications. In 1999 he was appointed Marketing Director for e-commerce specialist buy.com
Returning to the UK in 2001, Stephen joined UK catalogue retailer Argos, where he was appointed Head of Product Marketing. He joined WHSmith in August 2004 as Marketing Director for High Street Retail. In 2006 he was appointed Commercial and Marketing Director and in 2008 became Managing Director for High Street Retail. Stephen was appointed to the position of Chief Executive on 1 July 2013.