American Apparel taps retail and fashion veteran for CEO position following founder's ouster

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American Apparel has named fashion veteran Paula Schneider to be its next CEO, replacing founder Dov Charney, who was ousted in June.

Schneider previously served as a senior executive at retail and clothing companies including Warnaco, Gores Group and BCBG Max Azria. She officially takes over the role January 5.

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American Apparel has operated under two interim CEOs since Charney's ouster, most recently Scott Brubaker, who will continue in that role through the end of the year.

The Los Angeles-based company's board voted to remove Charney in June citing allegations of misconduct.

American Apparel Inc., which Charney founded in 1998, manufactures clothes and sells them in 245 of its own retail stores in 20 countries and has about 10,000 employees.