Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has assigned responsibility for its diversity and inclusion efforts to Amy Zehrer, executive vice president of stores, following the departure of Todd Corley from the organization.
Corley, who’s overseen the company’s D&I structure since 2004, is leaving the firm to launch the TAPO Institute, which will “focus on inclusive leadership based on principles of transparency, authenticity, persistence and optimism.”
With the addition to her duties, Zehrer will be responsible for D&I initiatives for employees in the company’s headquarters in New Albany, Ohio, and its approximately 100,000 associates in stores and other facilities around the world.
“As chief diversity officer, Todd Corley created and implemented a transformational framework for our D&I efforts and we are thankful for everything he has contributed over his 10 years with A&F,” said Zehrer, who continues to report to Mike Jeffries, chief executive officer of the company.
Zehrer pointed out that, during Corley’s tenure, the percentage of non-white associates in A&F stores went from under 10 percent to over 50 percent.
Despite criticism for an image sometimes seen as dismissive of teens and young adults with less than perfect bodies, A&F has received numerous citations for its D&I efforts, including a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for eight consecutive years and strong representation of women in its senior management ranks. The company noted that more than 40 percent of its vice presidents and 75 percent of its executive vice presidents are female, and that women make up one-third of the directors on its recently constituted board.