H&M has appointed Annie Wu as its new global diversity leader, following protests and criticism regarding a ”racist” image of one of its kidswear models.
Wu has been with the company since 2012, and is currently global manager of employee relations.
The retailer issued an “unequivocal” apology on its website last week for what it called a “poorly judged” product and image which featured a black child wearing a hooded sweater with the slogan “coolest monkey in the jungle”.
H&M said: “This incident is accidental in nature, but this doesn’t mean we don’t take it extremely seriously or understand the upset and discomfort it has caused.
“We have taken down the image and we have removed the garment in question from sale. It will be recycled.
“We will now be doing everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again in future.”