As companies diversify their leadership positions in the face of recent protests against Black Lives Matter, many have sought to work with prominent public figures to help shape the future of their business. Last week, fashion brand Ralph Lauren announced the appointment of former senior Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett to its board of directors.
"Ralph Lauren's purposeful culture and focus on aspiration, timelessness and optimism have long inspired me," Jarrett said in a press release. "I am honored to join the company's board of directors and look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of the company and building on the longevity of this admired organization."
In addition to her new role, Jarrett is also a senior scholar at the University of Chicago Law School and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and media company ATTN. She was previously President and CEO of The Habitat Co. and worked for the Chicago government on various projects for eight years.
“We are pleased to have Valerie on the Ralph Lauren Board of Directors. Valerie is a seasoned and highly respected leader with a clear passion for citizenship and a positive impact on the world, ”said Ralph Lauren, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, in a press release.
"Valerie has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, as well as unparalleled expertise in government, law and leadership. This will open new perspectives as we continue to build the future of our legendary company."
"Valerie's unique perspective and insights as one of the most respected leaders in the country make her a great addition to the Ralph Lauren Board," said Patrice Louvet, president and chief executive officer in the statement. "Your experience in the public and private sectors will be invaluable as we continue to write the next big chapter for our company."