Paula Schneider joined American Apparel as CEO on January 5, 2015. Prior to joining us, Ms. Schneider served as President and Chief Operating Officer of ESP Group, Ltd. from 2013 to 2014, CEO of Big Strike LLC from 2010 to 2012, Senior Advisor to the Gores Group from 2010 to 2012, and President of Warnaco Swimwear Group from 2007 to 2010. Ms. Schneider has also previously served as President of Sales of BCBG Max Azria and as President of Laundry by Shelli Segal. Ms. Schneider has a B.A. in Costume Design and Theater from California State University, Chico.
Bailey has earned a reputation in the apparel industry as a T-shirt genius for his ability to implement cost-effective programs, streamlining and organizing production growth.
Since his arrival at American Apparel in spring 2002, as one of his many new constructive programs, Bailey quickly bolstered production at American Apparel, integrating a new system and advancing apparel technology into the 21st century. Bailey's brilliant manufacturing modification has resulted in record-breaking sales and increased wages for skilled workers. As chief manufacturing officer, Bailey is responsible for overseeing production planning, purchasing, sourcing, product development and quality-assurance.