American Apparel’s Ex-CEO Talks About Dealing with Death Threats at Work

January 10, 2017, 10:00 AM UTC
Fortune Most Powerful Woman Summit 2016
Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2016 Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 Laguna Niguel, CA 3:20 PM ONE ON ONE Paula Schneider, Former CEO, American Apparel Interviewer: Jennifer Reingold, Fortune Photograph by Stuart Isett for Fortune Most Powerful Women
Photograph by Stuart Isett for Fortune Most Powerful Women

Paula Schneider, who held the CEO post at American Apparel for less than a year, is featured in our latest MPW OnStage podcast. She has since moved onto a role as the CEO of DG Premium Brands.

Schneider was American Apparel’s first CEO after the ouster of controversial founder Dov Charney and attempted to guide the company through a bankruptcy filing and restructuring. The resulting changes, which included layoff, made her unpopular with some employees. In this interview, which occurred at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit in October of 2015, she shares stories of the death threats and other intimidations she experienced during her tenure.

Despite the hardships at American Apparel, Schneider told the Summit audience that she learned a lot from the experience—including how to deal with lawsuits and proxy battles. What’s more, said she’s proud of having “built a team that went to war together.” Read more about the interview here and listen to the entire episode below.

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