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Gap appoints new global president for Old Navy

Gap IncGap Inc. has appointed Sonia Syngal as Old Navy’s new global president, effective immediately.

In her 12 years with Gap Inc., according to a company announcement, Syngal has been a key driver in evolving the company’s product-to-market model, and held leadership roles in which she honed her expertise in managing retail operations, driving growth, and bringing brand experiences to life for customers.

The appointment marks Syngal’s return to Old Navy where she served as senior vice president of the brand’s International division in 2013. She was later tapped to lead Gap Inc.’s enterprise-wide global supply chain.

“Sonia is an inspiring leader with a proven track record leading transformation and driving product-to-market innovations,” said Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck. “Following a comprehensive search, I’m confident Sonia is the right leader to enable Old Navy to realise its substantial, long-term growth potential.”

Prior to her appointment, Syngal served as executive vice president of global supply chain and product operations for Gap Inc., responsible for managing all aspects of global sourcing, logistics and product operations across all of Gap Inc.’s brands and channels.

“Old Navy is truly changing the value space with great design and quality apparel that the whole family loves, and I can’t wait to focus my energy on continuing to deliver that promise for our customers,” said Syngal. “How we continue to transform our product engine, focused on balancing amazing product with operational excellence, will be key to unlocking Old Navy’s next phase of growth.”

Before her time at Old Navy, Syngal led Gap and Banana Republic’s European business for nearly two years, and spent almost three years driving the international divisions for Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores.

Jill Stanton, who served as interim leader for Old Navy, will serve as a strategic advisor to support a seamless transition as Syngal takes the helm.

Gap also announced two additional appointments to oversee the company’s global supply chain and logistics functions. Effective immediately, Michael Yee, will serve as executive vice president of the Global Supply Chain, Sourcing and Production; and Shawn Curran, as executive vice president of Global Supply Chain Logistics and Product Operations. Yee and Curran will report to Peck and join the senior leadership team.

Gap Inc., a global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands, reported a fiscal year 2015 net sales of $15.8 billion.

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