American Apparel's New CIO Has Strong Digital, Cloud Legacy

6/11/2015
American Apparel, Inc. added Brian McHale to its leadership team as senior vice president and CIO.

"As we continue to implement our multi-year turnaround, Brian will be an important asset to the company," said Paula Schneider, CEO of American Apparel. "Brian brings deep experience in his area of expertise, which will undoubtedly have a significant and positive impact on American Apparel."

As CIO, McHale will oversee information technology and computer systems at the company. In addition to providing critical support to American Apparel's onsite hardware and software applications, McHale will also lead the development and expansion of the company's retail digital capabilities alongside Thoryn Stephens, recently appointed chief digital officer.

McHale comes to American Apparel with more than 25 years of experience developing IT governance, business intelligence and Big Data solutions for some of the U.S.'s largest companies such as DirecTV and Verizon. He has also transformed these companies to cloud-based infrastructures, driving efficiencies and cost savings. McHale's experience includes work for agency clients in a variety of categories, including turnaround businesses, similar to American Apparel.

McHale assumed his role on April 13, 2015, and reports directly to CFO Hassan Natha.
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