Leslie Wexner

Leslie H. Wexner, Co-Chair

  • Leslie Wexner, Founder of Limited Brands, started the company in Columbus, Ohio in 1963 with one store and first year sales of $160,000. The company’s products are now available at over 3000 stores, and Limited Brands has evolved from an apparel-based specialty retailer to an approximately $10 billion segment leader.
  • Wexner serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Limited Brands, which includes Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, La Senza, White Barn Candle Co. and Henri Bendel.
  • Wexner has a profound interest in the development of tomorrow’s leaders through the works of Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School; The Wexner Foundation; and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Wexner is a recipient of The Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award of the United Way of America, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Citizenship, Ordre des arts et des letters, Knight of the Italian Republic and The American Jewish Committee Herbert H. Lehman Centennial Leadership Award. He was a founding member and the first chair of The Ohio State University Foundation.

His areas of community interest include the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; the Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital, Columbus; the Martin Luther King Center for the Performing Arts, Columbus; and the Wexner Heritage Village.

Wexner is Chairman, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees; Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Member of the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Trustee of the Columbus Jewish Federation and Foundation; Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company International Council; Member of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs; and Chairman of The Columbus Partnership.

He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and honorary degrees from The Ohio State University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Tel Aviv, Hofstra University, Marietta College, Hebrew Union College, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, and Brandeis University. Wexner was inaugurated by Harvard University into the Society of John Harvard Fellows and serves as a visiting lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School.