Ralph Lauren adds former Alibaba exec to board
U.S. fashion label Ralph Lauren announced on Wednesday the appointment of Wei Zhang to its board of directors, effective November 9.
An e-commerce and Asian market veteran, Zhang was with Alibaba Group from 2008 until 2022, most recently as senior advisor and president of Alibaba pictures group. She has held positions within Alibaba group as senior vice president across investment and acquisition, corporate strategy and also led Alibaba’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
“Wei’s blend of experience and knowledge in international operations – in particular Asia, business development, media and digital transformation, make her a timely and relevant addition to the Ralph Lauren board of directors," said Patrice Louvet, president and chief executive officer.
Before joining Alibaba group, Zhang held positions News Corp China, CNBC China, consulting firm Bain & Company and at global conglomerate General Electric.
“I’ve always admired Ralph Lauren’s purpose that inspires people to dream and live the life they want to live," said Zhang.
"I look forward to joining their esteemed board of directors, supporting the iconic brand to deliver on their 'Next Great Chapter: Accelerate' strategy.”
With the election of Zhang, the Ralph Lauren board is now comprised of 13 directors.
“One of the many strengths of our company is the people who make up our teams, including the members of our board,” said Ralph Lauren, executive chairman and chief creative officer. “I look forward to learning from Wei, who shares a passion for storytelling, innovation and entrepreneurialism – each representing core values for our brand.”
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