Ralph Lauren Polo
by Stephen Garner

Ralph Lauren PoloRalph Lauren Corporation has announced that it plans to add Angela Ahrendts and Michael George to the company’s Board of Directors. The Board intends to nominate Ahrendts for election at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, expected in August 2018, and has appointed George effective as of May 9. These appointments will bring the number of Directors on the company’s Board to thirteen.

“I am delighted to welcome Angela and Mike to the Board of Directors,” said Ralph Lauren, executive chairman and chief creative officer. “Angela is an industry leader and innovator with deep expertise in luxury retail and an outstanding track record of growing global brands. Mike brings invaluable experience as a senior leader and board member, helping companies drive consumer engagement and growth. Their counsel will be incredibly valuable as we continue to build the future for our iconic brand.”

Patrice Louvet, president and chief executive officer, added, “Angela and Mike are among the most respected leaders in the business. They each have driven strong growth and created superior value at some of the best-known brands in retail, and I know we will benefit greatly from their experience and fresh perspective as we continue to elevate our brand; evolve our product, marketing and shopping experience; expand our digital and international presence; and increase productivity.”

Ahrendts has served as senior vice president of retail at Apple Inc., since May 2014. She oversees strategy, real estate and development, and operations of Apple’s physical stores, online store and contact centers. Ahrendts joined Apple from Burberry where she served as chief executive officer and as a director on the Board from 2006 to 2014 and led the company through a period of outstanding global growth. Previously, she was executive vice president at Liz Claiborne Inc., and earlier in her career served as president of Donna Karan International.

Polo Ralph Lauren“I have admired Ralph and been inspired by his pure global lifestyle vision for many years,” said Ahrendts. “It is an honor to join this Board as he and Patrice continue to evolve and expand his incredible aesthetic.”

George was named president and CEO of Qurate Retail, Inc., in March 2018, a leading global video and e-commerce retailer which includes: QVC, HSN, Zulily, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road and Improvements. George was president and CEO of QVC, Inc., for the prior 12 years where he helped transform the company into a global multiplatform retailer spanning multiple ecommerce, mobile, and social platforms and 16 television networks. Previously, he was chief marketing officer for Dell Inc., general manager of Dell’s U.S. consumer business and earlier, a senior partner at McKinsey & Company. George serves on the Boards of Qurate Retail, Inc., Brinker International, the National Retail Federation and the National Constitution Center. He is also a member of CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

“I have long admired Ralph and the company, as they created one of the most influential and iconic brands in the world,” commented George. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with Ralph, Patrice and the Board and I’m excited for the future of this truly innovative company.”