NEW ALBANY, Ohio — January 23, 2019 — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. today announced the election of two new independent board members. Helen McCluskey, former president and CEO of Warnaco Group Inc. and Nigel Travis, chairman of Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., will join Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s board of directors effective February 3, 2019. With these additions, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s Board expands to 10 directors, four of whom are female.
Commenting on the appointments, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. chairman of the board, Terry Burman, said: “We are pleased to welcome Helen and Nigel to our board, both transformative business leaders with deep experience of growing multi-billion-dollar global consumer brands. They will bring invaluable additional expertise to A&F, as we continue to transform and grow our business to become one of the leading global omnichannel apparel retailers in the world.”
Helen McCluskey, 63, most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Warnaco Group Inc. Prior to serving as its CEO, McCluskey served as COO and group president, where she was responsible for revitalizing the company’s core intimate apparel brands. Prior to her positions at Warnaco Group, McCluskey served as president, moderate women’s sportswear at Liz Claiborne Inc. (now Kate Spade & Co., part of Tapestry Inc.). Previous roles include president, Playtex Apparel at Sara Lee Corp., where she also held the role of senior vice president, marketing.
McCluskey currently serves as a director of Dean Foods Co. and is a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees. She also serves as a director of Avon Products Inc., and is chair of its Compensation and Management Development Committee. McCluskey is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee Chairman on the board of directors of Signet Jewelers Ltd. Previous board memberships include PVH Corp. McCluskey received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from The University of Pittsburgh.
Nigel Travis, 69, currently serves as chairman of Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. having transitioned from executive chairman at the end of 2018. Prior to serving as its executive chairman, Travis served as its CEO, where he successfully completed an IPO and oversaw the development of thousands of restaurants globally. Prior to his positions at Dunkin’ Brands, Travis was the president and CEO at Papa John’s International Inc. His previous experience included multiple roles at Blockbuster Inc., including president and COO, and executive vice president, worldwide store and retail operations.
In addition to Dunkin’ Brands, Travis currently serves as a director of Advance Auto Parts. He also serves as a director of Office Depot, and is a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees. Previous board memberships include Lorillard Inc., Papa John’s International, Bombay Co. Inc., and Limelight Group Plc. Travis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.
Posted January 23, 2019
Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.