American Eagle's CEO Resigns Amid Teen Retailers Losing Core Market

Robert Hanson, American Eagle

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Robert Hanson.

American Eagle CEO Robert Hanson has resigned, effective immediately.

For now, board chairman Jay Schottenstein will serve as interim CEO, the company said in a news release.

Hanson was considered to be a rising star in the retail industry. Before joining American Eagle, he worked for Levi's.
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It's been a tough year for American Eagle and other teen retail competitors like Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale.

The companies have struggled with slowing sales amid competition from fast-fashion chains like Forever 21.

American Eagle recently announced that holiday sales plunged 7% this year.
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The company's shares are down 4% in after-hours trading.