A month after its founder Dov Charney was suspended for misconduct, American Apparel has appointed new directors to its board, and for the first time one of them is a woman.


Colleen Brown was one of four new directors named to the board yesterday.

Brown has had a long career in the media industry. She served as CEO of Fisher Communications Inc., a group of television and radio stations, for eight years through 2013. She led the sale of the company to Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. last year for about $340 million.

The troubled clothing chain has experienced a spate of bad PR resulting from numerous sexual harassment lawsuits brought upon Charney by former employees. The company has also lost $270 million since 2010. Although Charney was suspended for misconduct last month ("for misusing company funds and assets and retaliating against a former employee who sued him for harassment") he is staying on at the company as a "strategic consultant" while under an investigation by an independent board committee.