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Ralph Lauren Corp.: new heads of IP and corporate governance

Ralph Lauren Corp.: new heads of IP and corporate governance

As other high-end fashion companies, Ralph Lauren Corp. continues making changes to their legal operations The company has recently appointed new heads of corporate and intellectual property. Last year the company also promoted longtime general counsel Avery Fischer to chief legal officer.

Ayushi Rajpurohit, a member of Ralph Lauren’s portfolio management team, announced in late February his promotion to lead corporate counsel for the fashion designer’s in-house legal team.

Ralph Lauren also hired Alice Pang, an IP associate in McCarter & English’s design, fashion, and luxury group, to be its lead IP counsel. Both lawyers are based in Ralph Lauren’s U.S. corporate campus in Nutley, N.J.

The company, which takes its name from its billionaire founder and largest shareholder Ralph Lauren, is rebounding after years of restructuring its apparel operations.

Recent departures

Ralph Lauren has shed some lawyers, most recently parting ways with former senior director and IP counsel Derek Morales. In December he became an associate trademarks counsel at the Estée Lauder Cos.

T-Mobile US, a telecommunications giant now under new legal leadership, recruited Ralph Lauren real estate counsel Jamile Drew in November as managing corporate counsel for legal affairs.

In October, Olaplex Holdings Inc., a hair care startup endorsed by Kim Kardashian, hired longtime Ralph Lauren lawyer Tracie Chesterman as a deputy general counsel. Olaplex raised 1,6 billion USD last year through an initial public offering.

Anthony Traymore, another in-house veteran at Ralph Lauren, also left the company last year to become the first-ever general counsel for Natural Fiber Welding Inc., a plant-based textile maker in which Ralph Lauren is a minority investor.

Ralph Lauren announced in early March the departure of its former chief commercial officer Howard Smith, who officially resigned in April.


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