17 May 2022, London; Vue International, the largest privately held cinema operator in Europe, is pleased to announce the appointment of Claire Arksey as Chief Operating Officer.
Claire joins Vue from Urban Outfitters where she was responsible for its portfolio of 269 standalone stores across 14 countries. Prior to this, she held senior operational roles at Superdry, Reiss and Ted Baker, overseeing operations and retail.
In her role as COO at Vue, Claire will report into Steve Knibbs, Group Managing Director (MD) and Deputy CEO of Vue International, and play a key role in ensuring Vue further strengthens its best in class cinematic experience across seat, screen and sound through investment and innovation across its estate. Claire will be responsible for Operational Standards, Procurement and Retail, and will be the reporting line for Vue’s International Territory General Managers across UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Ithe Netherlands, Denmark, Italy and Taiwan.
Tim Richards, Founder & CEO, Vue International, commented: “I’m delighted to announce Claire is joining Vue! We are extremely fortunate to be bringing on board such amazing talent to join our incredible Executive team. Claire’s experience working for some of the biggest brands in retail and across multiple territories will be a huge asset as we continue to welcome cinema-goers back to our screens, drive efficiencies across our European operations and expand and innovate our estate.”
Claire Arksey added: “As someone with a lifelong passion for film and the arts, I could not be more thrilled to be joining Vue, and at such an exciting time for the business. I am eager to bring my knowledge from a career driving consumer experience to Vue, as it continues to open new sites, renovate existing sites and undergo a significant digital transformation.”
Claire Arksey will join on 4 July and will report into Vue International’s Group Managing Director and Deputy CEO, Steve Knibbs. She will join Vue’s existing senior leadership team: Dee Vassili, Chief People Officer; Euan Sutton, Legal Counsel; Geoff Moore, Chief Investment and Property Officer, and Roland Jones, Chief Information and Technology Officer. The team is led by Tim Richards, CEO and founder, Alison Cornwell, CFO, and Steve Knibbs, Group MD and Deputy CEO.
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About Vue International
Vue International is one of the world's largest privately owned cinema operators, spanning nine countries, 228 sites and 1,992 screens including: United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Lithuania and Taiwan. From its inception in May 2003 Vue International has grown organically and through strategic acquisition to deliver a premium out-of-home entertainment experience by combining the best content, with the best technology in the best environment.