Abercrombie & Fitch makes new senior appointment to lead sustainability and diversity charge
American lifestyle retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has appointed former Hewlett Packard Enterprise executive Michael Lopez in a newly created role as Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social and Governance.
Lopez will be responsible for leading Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s sustainability, community giving, and inclusion and diversity functions as the company looks to embed its environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy into its business operations.
Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer at Abercrombie & Fitch Co., said: “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.
“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.”
Lopez joins Abercrombie & Fitch Co. from Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he served as its Chief Diversity Officer. Throughout his career, 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.
Lopez is also an active member of the Human Rights Campaign and serves on the organisation's business advisory council.
In his new position, Lopez will be a member of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.'s Executive Steering Committee and will report directly to Chief Human Resources Officer Holly May.