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Gap names new presidents of Gap & Banana Republic brands
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Apparel retailer Gap Inc, has promoted two of its senior executives as presidents of two of its brands, Gap and Banana Republic.

Jeff Kirwan, who currently serves as president of greater China for Gap Inc, will become global president for Gap brand in December.

And Andi Owen, who currently oversees the Gap Outlet division, has been named global president for Banana Republic brand, effective January 5, 2015.

The moves were orchestrated by Art Peck as he prepares to take on the role of chief executive officer of Gap Inc. in February.

“We will 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 have 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,” he added.

Jeff Kirwan succeeds Stephen Sunnucks, who will leave the company on December 19, after steering the growth of its namesake brand to almost 50 countries over the past decade.

Under Kirwan’s leadership in China, Gap has deployed an aggressive e-commerce strategy, coupled with opening 100 stores in the region in just four years.

Over the past decade with Gap Inc., Kirwan has succeeded in roles of increasing responsibility at Gap and Old Navy, with an expertise in driving growth, retail operations, and brand development.

Andi Owen succeeds Jack Calhoun, who will depart from the company on February 1 after working with Owen during the transition.

Calhoun, who led the brand for eight years, is credited with pioneering innovative concepts while creating an impressive global economic model for Banana Republic.

Over nearly 25 years with the company, Owen has thrived in many leadership roles within merchandising, online, and stores.

She has 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. (AR)

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