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Gap Inc.’s Eric Severson to serve on national innovation council

CompanyLaura Wilkinson, Gap Inc. Global Corporate AffairsComment

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has appointed Gap Inc.’s own Eric Severson to serve a two-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

Eric, senior vice president of Global Talent Solutions for Gap Inc., will join 26 other members in providing advice and counsel to Secretary Pritzker and the Department of Commerce on issues that will help U.S. communities, businesses, and the workforce become more globally competitive.

“Through our ‘Open for Business Agenda,’ the Commerce Department has prioritized supporting entrepreneurs and helping foster innovation, which are key drivers of America’s global competitiveness,” said Secretary Pritzker. “I look forward to working with the Council to advance innovation and cultivate a skilled workforce for today’s 21st century jobs.”

Eric oversees talent management and workforce development across Gap Inc. He’s been a champion in defining what sets Gap Inc. apart as an employer and place to build a career. He has been the driving force behind a number of innovative talent management practices over the years, including our new employee performance process, the Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), and the Gap Inc. Diversity Council.

He also was a major proponent for recent decisions like our plans to increase the minimum hourly wage to $10 in 2015 for U.S. store employees. He’s worked hard to reinforce our longstanding commitment to equal pay for equal work; and aiding the company in earning a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index for the 9th straight year.

“At Gap Inc., we are constantly evolving the way we do business to attract and retain the best talent in the industry," Eric said. "We recognize that doing more to invest in workforce development, job readiness training and youth opportunity programs is not only a smart business decision, it’s also the right thing to do.”