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Les Wexner's Impact On Retail And Columbus

Les Wexner
Jay LaPrete

Leslie Wexner announced on Thursday that he will step down as CEO and chairman of L Brands, an empire he founded in 1963. L Brands flagship Victoria’s Secret will be sold to a private equity firm.

Changes at the top come amid damaging headlines connecting Wexner with accused child sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein, an in-depth New York Times piece about a culture of misogynyat Victoria’s Secret, and flagging revenues.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: How Wexner’s vision and business savvy reshaped the retail landscape – and his hometown of Columbus. 


  • Sapna Maheshwari, retail reporter, The New York Times
  • Mike Curtain, former editor and associate publisher of The Columbus Dispatch.
  • Doug Buchanan, editor in chief, Columbus Business First

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