New York • Aeropostale is reinstating a past leader as it struggles with sliding sales.
The New York company said Monday that Julian Geiger, its former CEO, is taking over effective immediately. Thomas Johnson is leaving the board of directors as well as relinquishing the CEO title.
Aeropostale and fellow teen stalwarts Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. have had a difficult time turning their businesses around as mall traffic drops and shoppers' tastes change. Aeropostale has lost money for six consecutive quarters and predicts another loss for the quarter that ended in early August. It is closing 125 of its mall-based P.S. from Aeropostale stores and cutting some corporate jobs. The company has said it plans to focus on online sales, outlet stores and licensing deals.