Abercrombie & Fitch Appoint Chief HR Officer from Search by Hanold Associates

Abercrombie & Fitch

CHICAGO (Jan. 20, 2021) ― Abercrombie & Fitch Co., a leading global apparel and accessory retailer, has appointed Holly May as Chief Human Resources Officer. Hanold Associates’ Lisa Butkus, Keri Gavin and Jason Hanold led the search for this role based in the Columbus, Ohio area.

May comes to A&F from Starbucks where she served as SVP, Global Total Rewards & Service Delivery. Reporting directly to CEO Fran Horowitz at A&F, May will be a key member of the executive leadership team and responsible for all aspects of Human Resources throughout the company. Leading an HR team of more than 160, she will develop, implement and improve upon human capital programs to support the company’s continued transformation into a global, digitally enabled retail powerhouse that remains a great and inclusive place to work.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a leader in retail and a staple of American fashion and culture. The company was originally founded in 1892 in Manhattan, New York, by David Abercrombie. Eventually partnering with the brand’s number-one customer, Ezra Fitch, the company’s product offerings focused on high-end outdoor apparel and recreational sporting goods. The company expanded throughout the following decades, opening stores across the United States. It went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1996 and today, the brand is comprised of three entities: Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie Kids and Hollister. The company operates over 850 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company revenues were $3.62 billion in 2019 and it is publicly traded on the NYSE as ANF.

About Hanold Associates

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search is a retained boutique executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers and Board Directors. Our client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything we do. Our clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Allstate, American Airlines, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Biogen, Blackstone, Carnival Corp., ClubCorp, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Electronic Arts, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Fossil, Gucci, Kellogg, Kohler, L Catterton, Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball, McDonald’s, Moderna, National Football League, The New York Times, Nike, Northwestern University, Patagonia, REI, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, SC Johnson, Tom Brady’s TB12, TPG, Under Armour, Vail Resorts, Wikimedia and Zoom, among others.