Lauren Guthrie has been appointed vice president, global inclusion and diversity at VF Corp.
She succeeds Reggie Miller, who is leaving VF to pursue other opportunities.
Guthrie will be responsible for leading VF’s global I&D efforts and directing, developing and operationalizing the company’s strategy with a focus on transformational change.
“VF has accelerated our focus on inclusion and diversity in recent years, both inside and outside our company, and we’re committed to maintaining the strong momentum we’ve created,” said Anita Graham, VF’s vice president and chief human resources officer. “Lauren is a collaborative, proven leader who has spearheaded some of our most thoughtful and powerful I&D programs aimed at racial equity, social justice and fostering a more inclusive environment for all. She is the ideal person to lead VF and our family of brands into the next phase of this important work.”
Most recently, Guthrie was VF’s vice president, Council to Advance Racial Equity and Inclusion and Diversity for the Americas region. She was chosen by VF leadership to develop and activate the company’s CARE program to enhance the group’s external racial equity initiatives while also creating more opportunities to support the Black, Indigenous and People of Color workforce throughout VF and its brands.
Guthrie also helped to establish a network of employee resource groups across VF that address the needs of underrepresented employees.
Earlier, Guthrie was vice president of regional merchandising, Americas, at the company’s The North Face brand, where she defined and executed the brand’s commercial strategic direction for the region. Before joining VF, Guthrie held merchandising and general management roles with Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, Levi’s and Old Navy.
VF recently issued its second Inclusion and Diversity Annual Profile, which outlines the company’s I&D program and its progress toward meeting specific diversity goals.