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Ralph Lauren appoints new board member

Ralph Lauren Corporation has appointed Valerie Jarrett to its board of directors. The move means the board now has a total of 13 directors. A senior… View Article

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Ralph Lauren appoints new board member

Ralph Lauren Corporation has appointed Valerie Jarrett to its board of directors.

The move means the board now has a total of 13 directors.

A senior distinguished fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, Jarrett is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Finding My Voice and is also a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and media company ATTN. She was previously the longest-serving senior advisor to the Obama Administration where she oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.  She also served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden presidential transition team and as senior advisor to Obama’s presidential campaign.

Her prior career also includes being  president and chief executive of The Habitat Company andworking with Chicago government as deputy corporation counsel for finance and development, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard Daley, and commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development.

Ralph Lauren, executive chairman and chief creative officer, said: “We are pleased to welcome Valerie to the Ralph Lauren Board of Directors. Valerie is a proven and highly respected leader with a clear passion for citizenship and making a positive impact on the world. Valerie’s breadth of experience across the public and private sectors and unparalleled expertise in government, law and leadership will bring new perspective as we continue to build the future for our iconic company.”

Jarrett’s appointment follows the recent addition of Darren Walker, president and chief executive of the Ford Foundation, to the Ralphen Lauren board earlier this year.

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