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Gap Inc. elevates two proven executives

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Today, we announced that two Gap Inc. executives, with 35 years of combined company experience between them, will take the helm of Gap and Banana Republic.

Jeff Kirwan will become Global President for Gap brand in December; Andi Owen will become Global President for Banana Republic effective January 5.

Kirwan has reported to current CEO and Chairman Glenn Murphy for the past three years as president of greater China for Gap Inc. Under his leadership in China, Gap has grown in China digitally and physically – between launching an aggressive e-commerce strategy while also opening 100 stores in the region in just four years. In prior roles, Kirwan has driven growth, retail operations and brand development at Gap and Old Navy.

Owen, who currently leads the Gap Outlet division, has been with the company for nearly 25 years, tackling leadership roles within merchandising, online and stores. She spent 19 years working within Banana Republic, rising from management positions in the field to successfully leading the Banana Republic Factory Store business before taking on her current assignment as EVP of Global Gap Outlet. 

The promotions were orchestrated by incoming CEO Art Peck, as he prepares to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Gap Inc. in February, with the full support of current Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy.

“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,” said 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.”