Experienced former Hewlett Packard Enterprise executive to lead global retailer's sustainability, community giving and inclusion and diversity efforts
NEW ALBANY, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories, today announced the appointment of Michael Lopez as its Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). In this newly created role, Mr. Lopez is responsible for leading Abercrombie & Fitch Co.'s sustainability, community giving, and inclusion and diversity functions as the company looks to broaden these ongoing efforts and embed the ESG strategy into its business operations.
"We are thrilled to welcome Michael to Abercrombie & Fitch Co. His proven experience across ESG functions will be vital as we look to further expand and align the important efforts of our sustainability, community giving, and inclusion and diversity teams." said Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. "Over the past several years, we have been on a journey to expand our ESG efforts in order to provide an inclusive experience for our customers and associates and have a positive impact on our global communities. We look forward to Michael's thought leadership as we build on this work."
Mr. Lopez joins Abercrombie & Fitch Co. from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), a global, edge-to-cloud Platform-as-a-Service company, where he served as its Chief Diversity Officer. In that role, he was responsible for diversifying the workforce and driving strategies that fostered an inclusive experience for HPE employees. Throughout his career, Mr. Lopez has held various leadership positions in inclusion and diversity, government relations, public affairs, international relations and human resources across companies such as Goldman Sachs, Jefferies & Company and Alcoa. Mr. Lopez is also an active member of the Human Rights Campaign and serves on the organization's business advisory council.
In his new position, Mr. Lopez will report directly to Chief Human Resources Officer Holly May.1
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About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for men, women and kids through five renowned brands. The iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand was born in 1892 and aims to make every day feel as exceptional as the start of a long weekend. abercrombie kids sees the world through kids’ eyes, where play is life and every day is an opportunity to be anything and better anything. The Hollister brand believes in liberating the spirit of an endless summer inside everyone and making teens feel celebrated and comfortable in their own skin. Gilly Hicks, offering intimates, loungewear and sleepwear, is designed to give all Gen Z customers their daily dose of happy. Social Tourist, the creative vision of Hollister and social media personalities, Dixie and Charli D’Amelio, offers trend-forward apparel that allows teens to experiment with their style, while exploring the duality of who they are both on social media and in real life.
The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. operates approximately 730 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, www.hollisterco.com, www.gillyhicks.com and www.socialtourist.com.
1This press release has been updated to correct a previous version, which inaccurately stated that Michael Lopez is part of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s Executive Steering Committee.
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Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Management Co.