Branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories company VF Corporation announced today that it has appointed Lauren Guthrie to the position of Vice President, Global Inclusion & Diversity (I&D). In her new role, Guthrie will be responsible for leading VF’s global I&D efforts and directing, developing and operationalizing the company’s strategy with a focus on transformational change.
Guthrie joined VF in 2018, most recently serving as VP, Inclusion and Diversity, Americas. Guthrie activated and led the company’s Council to Advance Racial Equity (CARE) program, aimed at enhancing VF’s external racial equity initiatives while also creating more opportunities to support the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) workforce throughout VF and its brands. She also helped to establish a network of employee resource groups across VF that focus on addressing the needs of underrepresented employees. Prior to joining VF, Guthrie held a series of merchandising and management positions at apparel, retail and footwear companies including North Face, Old Navy, Nike and Levi Strauss.
Anita Graham, VF’s Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, said:
“VF has accelerated our focus on inclusion and diversity in recent years, both inside and outside our company, and we’re committed to maintaining the strong momentum we’ve created. Lauren is a collaborative, proven leader who has spearheaded some of our most thoughtful and powerful I&D programs aimed at racial equity, social justice and fostering a more inclusive environment for all. She is the ideal person to lead VF and our family of brands into the next phase of this important work.”