NEW ALBANY, Ohio, May 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today announced the election of two new independent board members, Susie Coulter and James A. Goldman, effective May 20, 2020. Additionally, James Bachmann’s term on the Board of Directors ended immediately prior to the Company’s Annual Meeting after serving on the Board for nearly 17 years.
“Susie and Jim both bring extensive consumer retail, global business and executive leadership experience, that will complement and enhance our existing team. We are pleased to welcome Jim and Susie to A&F and believe that their guidance and perspectives will help to continue to drive the Company and its brands forward,” said Terry Burman, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. “I’d also like to thank Jim Bachmann for his many years of dedicated service to A&F. We greatly appreciate his numerous contributions to the Company over the years.”
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. regularly evaluates the composition of its Board to ensure that its directors possess the skills, experience and perspectives needed to guide the Company and help it deliver value to all stakeholders. With these changes, the Company’s Board will expand to 12 directors, five of whom are female. Independent directors now comprise 92% of the Board.
Susie Coulter, 54, is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bronty Beauty LLC, a beauty company specializing in all-natural skin care products. She has previously held senior executive roles with global retailers, as the President of Victoria’s Secret Beauty and as the President of Polo Ralph Lauren Retail Stores.
James (Jim) A. Goldman, 61, is currently a Senior Advisor at Eurazeo SE, a global investment firm. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Godiva Chocolatier, Inc., and President of the Food & Beverage Division at Campbell Soup Company. Additionally, Mr. Goldman serves as a director at Domino’s Pizza, Inc., where he chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.
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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 three renowned brands. For more than 125 years, the iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand has outfitted innovators, explorers and entrepreneurs. Today, the brand reflects the updated attitude of the modern consumer, while remaining true to its heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style. The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market. abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 5-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood.
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. The company operates more than 850 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites www.abercrombie.com and www.hollisterco.com.