Premium clothing maker Abercrombie & Fitch has hired away a senior retail executive from Apple.

The company has hired Michael W. Kramer as senior vice president and chief financial officer. His appointment is effective on August 8, 2005.

Kramer was most recently the chief financial officer of Apple Retail. He has also "held positions" at Gateway and Pizza Hut.

"Kramer has thrived in collaborative and creative environments throughout his career," said Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries.

"His understanding of leveraging the power of strong brands makes him a great new leader for the company."