CEO, Victoria’s Secret
Nominated by Ithaca College
Jan Singer is a 1986 Ithaca College graduate who has always been fascinated by human motivation. In fact, she credits it with helping in her advance from secretary to the helm of Victoria’s Secret.
Falling in love with New York City at the age of eight, Jan’s resolve to live there some day was so strong that she opted to spend her college years in Ithaca. As Jan put it, “If I was going to spend a long time in New York City, I wanted to be on the opposite side of that spectrum before I got there ...”
At Ithaca, Jan’s major combined the study of psychology and business – two fields of study that have given her keen insights throughout her business career. After graduation from Ithaca, taking up residence in New York -- and the secretarial job -- she was tapped for a position in public relations. Quickly, she learned that teen magazine YM was looking for a beauty and fitness editor. She made the leap.
The YM experience gave her a solid insider view of the industry, later landing her at Calvin Klein where she learned the ins and outs of consumer behavior. Constantly learning from prior experiences, Jan kept climbing – and leading -- with additional moves to Chanel, Prada, Reebok, Nike, and Spanx. At the latter, she served as CEO until 2016.
All told, Jan Singer has more than two decades of leadership and marketing experience with brands across the apparel, footwear and cosmetics product categories, domestically and internationally.