American Apparel names first woman to board

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Colleen Brown is the first ever woman to be named to the board of embattled retail clothier American Apparel. (Marek Slusarczyk/iStock)

Colleen Brown is the first ever woman to be named to the board of embattled retail clothier American Apparel. Known for risqué mannequin displays, misogynistic ads, sexual harassment lawsuits and, most recently, the public termination of former CEO Dov Charney, this move comes as part of a company shake-up to revive revenue, The Business of Fashion reports. It will also add a woman's perspective to the company's decision making processes.

Brown has served as the CEO of Fisher Communications Inc., a TV and radio corporation, and currently serves as the managing director of Newport Board Group, a business consultancy firm. She is one of four new board members appointed.

Meanwhile, Dov Charney is in a fight to regain his position of CEO of American Apparel. A letter obtained by Buzzfeed detailed that Charney was ousted due to sexual and financial misconduct including failure to enforce company sexual harassment policy and the financial harm caused by lawsuits against Charney for this misconduct.

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