Ralph Lauren senior executive Smith resigns after probe into improper conduct

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FILE PHOTO: A man walks past Ralph Lauren Corp.'s flagship Polo store on Fifth Avenue in New York

– Ralph Lauren Corp said on Wednesday its Chief Commercial Officer Howard Smith would step down after an investigation found that he violated the company’s code of conduct.

In a message to employees, founder Ralph Lauren and CEO Patrice Louvet said the retailer’s board had launched an independent investigation after receiving allegations against Smith.

The company did not respond to a request for more details on the violations. Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A 20-year veteran of the retailer, Smith was appointed to his current role in 2019 and was responsible for overseeing the company’s retail channels and “go-to-market” strategy.

His resignation is effective April 2.

(Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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