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Levi's hires new Chief Human Resources Officer

Tom Shearsmith
28 February 2020

American denim brand Levi's has announced changes to its HR department, with the appointment of Tracy Layney as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Layney will take up the new role from 20 April 2020, with her job role to include building an engaged, inclusive, and high-performing culture at Levi Strauss. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and organisation strategy, including deep experience in apparel and retail.

Most recently, Layney was Senior Vice President and CHRO at Shutterfly, where she was responsible for recruiting, employee engagement, talent management, compensation and benefits, HR technology, corporate communications and the Shutterfly Foundation.

Chip Bergh, Levi Strauss & Co President and CEO, said: "She understands the unique needs of a retail organisation and leads with her values. We are excited to welcome her back to LS&Co."

Layney added: "I have long admired LS&Co.’s strong brand and values driven culture. We have tremendous opportunity on the HR team to continue to advance LS&Co. as a destination for top talent and great place to work, and I look forward to joining the team."

The company also took the appointment as an opportunity to announce a new paid family leave benefit for its employees throughout operations in the US. All corporate and benefits-eligible retail employees can take up to eight weeks of paid time off per year to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.

In the last six months, Levi's has opened several more UK stores, with stores opening in Caledonia Park, Cardiff's St David's and Birmingham's Bullring.

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