American Eagle has promoted Chad Kessler (right) to global brand president of American Eagle Outfitters and Jennifer Foyle to global brand president of its Aerie brand. Each was previously chief merchandising officer for their respective brand and will continue report to Executive Creative Director Roger Markfield.
Kessler has been with American Eagle for one year and has 20 years of experience in the retail industry, 15 years of which were spent with rival teen retailer Abercrombie and Fitch, where he played a key role in the launch of the Hollister brand.
"I am absolutely delighted to announce the promotions of these highly capable and talented leaders," Markfield said in a statement. "Chad has been instrumental to our business improvement, driving stronger AE merchandise assortments, rooted in outstanding quality, innovation and affordability. He has the right brand vision, creative expertise and knows our customers well."
Foyle joined the retailer in August of 2010 and has 20 years of experience, including leadership roles with Gap and J. Crew. Before joining American Eagle she served as president of Calypso St. Barth.
"Over the past few years, Jennifer has assembled an extraordinary team and has led Aerie's transformation to a youthful, real intimates [sic] brand for a new generation of customers," Markfield said. "Aerie has a bright future and Jennifer is the right leader. I have great confidence that under her leadership, Aerie's momentum will continue and will become a meaningful contributor to AEO's future growth and profitability." Press release