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How the Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Finds Balance

Transforming a company from catering to an exclusive consumer base to an all-around “lifestyle” brand is no easy task. Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) CEO Fran Horowitz tells Yahoo Finance how she rose to the challenge with the retailer smashing 2023 earnings estimates for second and third quarter sales by 20%.

On top of building a line with a customer-centric approach, Horowitz says that part of her success stems from inner work. Overseeing nearly 750 stores across the company’s four brands, the CEO manages the workload by finding balance in her life.

“You have to find, for you, what helps you clear your mind and get things done,” Horowitz says.

Participating in exercises like swimming and yoga and, more importantly, making time for family has been a motivational force in helping Horowitz maintain a work-life balance.

Lead This Way is a new series from Yahoo Finance that features big interviews with business leaders shaping our world today. In these one-on-one conversations with Wall Street’s titans, they each uncover their perspectives on how they approach leadership - from innovative thinking to sheer perseverance.

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Video Transcript

FRAN HOROWITZ: I have a word that I share with the associates all the time. And it's one that comes from my heart, which is balance. And you have to find balance in your life. And you have to find it for yourself. I find it through a lot of long walks, through yoga, through swimming.

You have to find for you, what helps you clear your mind and get things done. The most important thing to me is my family. I do spend a tremendous amount of time with my husband and my adult children, and their significant others. We travel. And even when you're doing that, you still stay in touch with what's happening, but you have got to make that time for yourself. Because you know what? It motivates you to do the other and to work harder.

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