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September 1, 2021

Abercrombie creates new ESG exec role

Abercrombie & Fitch has appointed Michael Lopez to the newly-created role of senior vice president, environmental, social and governance (ESG).

By Beth Wright

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 says CEO Fran Horowitz. “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 (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, 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.

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.

Abercrombie & Fitch recently reported second-quarter net sales of US$865m, up 24% as compared to last year.

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