PE firm to take Victoria’s Secret private as Leslie Wexner steps down

L Brands CEO has come under scrutiny for ties to Jeffrey Epstein

TRD NATIONAL /
Feb.February 20, 2020 09:50 AM
Leslie Wexner is stepping down as CEO of L Brands as Victoria’s Secret nears deal to go private (Credit: Wikipedia Commons, iStock)

Leslie Wexner is stepping down as CEO of L Brands as Victoria’s Secret nears deal to go private (Credit: Wikipedia Commons, iStock)

Leslie Wexner has agreed to sell his controlling stake in Victoria’s Secret to a private equity firm and to relinquish his roles chairman and CEO of L Brands, the chain’s parent company.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal, Sycamore Partners will purchase 55 percent of the company and take it private.

The deal values the struggling business at $1.1 billion, a striking fall from its peak valuation of $29 billion in 2015.

Known for its sexy image and focus on “angels,” the lingerie chain has struggled to maintain relevance in the #MeToo era and battled slowing sales as the wider retail industry reckons with a slew of bankruptcies and store closures. In October, Victoria’s Secret announced it would close more than 53 locations across the country. Fifty employees were also laid off that month.

As the company’s performance dwindled, Leslie Wexner faced mounting scrutiny for his close ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, whom he had hired years earlier as a personal adviser. Epstein took his own life in August while in jail awaiting trial.

The 82-year-old Wexner announced his departure from the company he founded in 1963 in a memo to staff Thursday, according to the Journal.

“I’ve thought about where I fit in the picture,” he wrote. “In keeping with this same thoughtful examination, I have decided that now is the right time to pass the reins to new leadership.”

He is expected to continue serving on L Brands’ board. [WSJ] — Sylvia Varnham O’Regan


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Credit: iStock)

NY restaurants, hotels warn of mass layoffs as US sees record jobless claims

The lifeline would allow the company to continue operating while it puts together a recovery plan. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Neiman Marcus in talks about possible bankruptcy: report

Robert Taubman and David Simon (Credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images, Mireya Acierto/Getty Images, iStock)

With malls shut, what happens to Simon and Taubman’s deal?

Subway sent its landlords a “force majeure” letter last week (Photo by Mikko Robles/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Major US retailers tell landlords they can’t pay rent

Workers board up the Time Square Sephora location (Credit: Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images)

NYC storefronts begin boarding up as virus empties streets

(Credit: iStock)

Retailers tell landlords they could stop paying rent soon

Scott Gerber pictured with Irvington Bar & Restaurant (Credit: iStock, Google Maps)

Hospitality company behind The Campbell, Mr. Purple lays off 400

Nordstrom is the latest retailer to close its stores across the U.S. and Canada for two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Credit: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Nordstrom shutters stores in response to coronavirus

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...