Kent State Fashion Alumna Molly Langenstein Promoted to CEO of Chicos

Molly LangensteinMolly Langenstein, a 1985 graduate from the Kent State University School of Fashion, was recently announced as the new CEO and President of Chicos FAS effective June 24, 2020. 


The company said in statement that Langenstein has a proven track record of success in revitalizing sales and profitability. Since August 2019, she has served as President of the company's two largest brands, Chico's and White House Black Market. The company recently posted one of the fastest turnarounds in fashion retail with three consecutive quarters of unprecedented growth and increase in prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Langenstein is a veteran in the fashion industry with over 30 years of experience. Prior to Chicos, she spent many years at Macy’s transitioning through different roles within the company including, the executive vice president for fashion and new business development and general merchandise manager for categories appealing to customers in the millennial generation. She served as the chief private brands officer of the company from 2015 to 2017 before being named the general business manager for Macy’s Ready to Wear division in 2017. 


In 2018, Langenstein was inducted into the School of Fashion’s Hall of Fame to honor her impressive career in the fashion industry and to recognize all she does to give back to the school and its students.  


Said Langenstein in a statement, “I’m honored to lead this company of customer and product obsessed people and three unique brands, each thriving in their own market white space to provide solutions that women say give them confidence and joy.” 




Brittani Peterson

Marketing Associate, KSU School of Fashion


POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 1:09am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 4:36pm