Designer Brands is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. Our business segments include world-class design and sourcing operations, a robust wholesaling business, and more than 1,000 points of distribution.
Mr. Schottenstein has served as our Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since March 2005. Mr. Schottenstein previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from March 2005 to April 2009. Mr. Schottenstein currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Schottenstein Realty, LLC. Mr. Schottenstein also currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. He has been Executive Chairman or Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. since March 1992, and has been a director of American Eagle since 1992. Mr. Schottenstein has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Schottenstein Stores Corporation (SSC), our affiliate, since March 1992. He also served in various capacities, such as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, Vice Chairman, director and various executive capacities at SSC and Retail Ventures, Inc. since 1976. Mr. Schottenstein also serves as the manager of Schottenstein RVI, LLC, our affiliate. Mr. Schottenstein has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Albertsons Companies Inc. (Albertsons/Safeway) since 2006.