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American Apparel's first female boss replaces founder Charney

American Apparel has appointed Paula Schneider as its first female chief executive, replacing founder Dov Charney, who was suspended earlier this year following allegations of misconduct.

The company said it has formally terminated Charney’s position “for cause” after an internal investigation.

Schneider, who is currently president of ESP Group, which owns brands such as US menswear label English Laundry and women’s sleepwear label French Dressing, will join on January 5.

She previously served as a senior executive at retail and clothing companies including Warnaco, The Gores Group and BCBG Max Azria.

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