American Eagle Outfitters Inc. promoted two of its chief merchants to global brand presidents. As presidents, Chad Kessler, the chief merchandising officer of its American Eagle Outfitters brand and Jennifer Foyle, the chief merchandising officer of its Aerie brand, will continue to report to executive creative director Roger Markfield, but with “realigned” support teams under them.
Kessler has been with the company as chief merchant since February 2014, joining from Abercrombie & Fitch. Foyle joined Aerie as chief merchant in 2010. She has worked for Gap and was chief merchandising officer for women’s at J. Crew.
“I am absolutely delighted to announce the promotions of these highly capable and talented leaders,” said Markfield 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. Chad has an outstanding creative team and together they will take the brand forward as a global destination for casual American style.”
He continued, “Over the past few years, Jennifer has assembled an extraordinary team and has led Aerie’s transformation to a youthful, real intimates brand for a new generation of customers. 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.”