Jay Schottenstein is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Jay became CEO in 1992 and along with his father, Jerome Schottenstein, helped transform AEO into a global leader in casual and affordable apparel. Under his leadership, AEO launched its first denim line in 1997 and today sells more than $1 billion in jeans annually. Jay was instrumental in the launch of Aerie; a brand focused on innerwear, activewear, and swimwear that is both fashionable and comfortable. Recently, Aerie surpassed $1 billion in revenue and has emerged as a retail pioneer in diversity, inclusivity, and body positivity.
In his years as CEO and Executive Chairman, AEO has expanded from one brand into a multi-brand, specialty retailer. AEO is the parent organization for American Eagle, Aerie, Todd Snyder, and Unsubscribed.
Jay has decades of experience in retail and brand development. He currently oversees a network of influential American retailers, including American Signature, Inc., Designer Brands, Inc., and Schottenstein Stores Corp. He is also a Chairman for Albertsons Companies and SB360 Capital Partners.
In addition to his business and entrepreneurial endeavors, Jay and his wife, Jeanie, share a passion for giving. Together, they created the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Foundation in 1985, which provides grants to Jewish organizations and foreign policy initiatives focused on peace. The Schottensteins are also proponents of heart health, having endowed $2 million to The Ohio State University to award the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Prize in Cardiovascular Sciences to physicians and students who are at the forefront of cardiovascular science. The AEO Foundation was also established under Jay’s leadership. Through the foundation, AEO supports community organizations focused on mental health, education and anti-bias.
Jay and his wife live in Columbus, Ohio and have three children. He is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington.