Abercrombie hires diversity and inclusion VP

Abercrombie & Fitch hired Jeanetta Darno as VP of diversity and inclusion, responsible for enhancing global diversity and inclusion best practices. She will report to John Gabrielli, senior VP and head of human resources.

Darno was most recently at Huntington National Bank, where she was also senior VP of diversity and inclusion. She spent seven years at Nationwide Insurance as associate VP of talent management, helping the company to earn recognition as a "Great Place to Work" by Fortune.

Earlier in her career, Darno was director of diversity and inclusion at Cardinal Health, director of human resources at H.E.B, and division manager of logistics recruiting at Walmart.

"Creating an inclusive culture is a priority for our business and serves as a cornerstone of our corporate values," Gabrielli said. "Jeanetta brings more than 22 years of experience and a solid track record of achievement to her role at A&F Co. She is a natural fit to help advance our efforts in this area and we look forward to having her on board."

Darno also plays an active role in her community. She is a founding member of both the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium and the Women's Leadership Council, as well as a Key Club member at the United Way of Central Ohio. 

This executive hiring comes shortly after Abercrombie freshened up its brand leadership team in August as part of its larger turnaround strategy. Press Release