We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Steven A. Davis, a member of AEO Inc.’s Board of Directors, who passed away on July 10, 2022. Steve joined the Board in October 2020 and was an esteemed advisor to our leadership team. His deep consumer knowledge, leadership development expertise and genuine kindness–along with his passion for building strong communities through diversity, equity and access–will be profoundly missed. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Steve’s wife, daughters and grandchildren.
In June, Steve was recognized as one of the 2022 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Top 100 for his influence, leadership and integrity in the boardroom. His years of board experience across sectors demonstrated his versatility and commitment to helping organizations and teams succeed, while serving communities with economic growth.
Steve was a tremendous asset to AEO. His business acumen coupled with his enthusiasm for giving back, aligned perfectly with our values. He was particularly passionate about the company’s IDEA initiatives and the role education plays in our personal development. He was extremely proud of the work surrounding the company’s REAL Change Scholarship for Social Justice–and we will honor his legacy by continuing to make investments and strides to further advance inclusion and diversity within AEO.
The loss of Steve leaves a void in the lives of many. We will remember Steve fondly, and will carry his insights forward as we continue to grow the business while ensuring that AEO remains a thriving place to work where everyone’s unique voices are celebrated.