Gap appoints new presidents with multichannel future in mind

Fashion retailer Gap Inc has appointed new global presidents for its Gap and Banana Republic divisions, as it prepares for a multichannel future under CEO-to-be Art Peck.

Peck, who will replace current CEO Glenn Murphy in February, has named Jeff Kirwin and Andi Owen as global brand presidents for Gap and Banana Republic respectively.

Both Kirwin and Owen are experienced members of the retailer's team, with the former deploying an aggressive eCommerce strategy as president of the retailer's China operation since 2011, while the latter has worked at Banana Republic in a number of leadership roles within merchandising, online and stores over the last 19 years. 

Highlighting the multichannel structure Gap's executive team has in mind as it enters a new era of leadership, Peck himself is taking on the top job having held the role of president of its growth, innovation and digital division in recent times.

"We'll start 2015 with a management team comprised of both established executives and the next generation of brand leaders ready for the next generation of customers," explained Peck.

"We've provided a transition period that allows our teams to deliver a successful holiday, while gearing up for a future where great product, showcased seamlessly across physical and digital experiences, consistently delights our customers."

Kirwin will replace Stephen Sunnucks, while Owen succeeds Jack Calhoun.

Outgoing CEO Murphy said: "Over the past decade, both Steve and Jack helped make Gap Inc a much stronger and more global company.

"We appreciate their hard work and passion for our brands, people, and customers."