By  on December 10, 2004

LOS ANGELES — Gap Inc. has hired Joshua Schulman, former executive vice president of worldwide merchandise at Yves Saint Laurent, to be senior vice president of international strategic alliances, a new position.

“He will be leading some exploration into new business models,” said Gap spokeswoman Kris Marubio. “He’ll be looking at wholesale, partnership and franchising opportunities in markets where we might consider that owned retail didn’t make sense.”

Asked whether Schulman’s hiring is part of a new strategy, Marubio said, “We’re looking at a lot of different strategies. [Schulman’s] worked at world-class companies and proven himself at building wholesale channels as well as directly operated stores.”

Gap Inc., based in San Francisco, reported last month that its third-quarter earnings increased less than 1 percent.

Schulman, who will start his job early next year, joined YSL in 2000 from Gucci where he had been worldwide director of women’s ready-to-wear. He is the latest top executive to leave the Gucci Group since its parent, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, parted in the spring with former Gucci chief executive officer Domenico De Sole and ex-Gucci creative director Tom Ford

Gucci’s worldwide merchandising director, Tom Mendenhall, left in October after president and ceo Giacomo Santucci was let go. Others who have quit this year include: Gian Giacomo Ferraris, Gucci’s director of worldwide apparel operations, who became ceo of Jil Sander AG, and Robert Singer, Gucci Group’s chief financial officer, who became Abercrombie & Fitch’s president and chief operating officer.

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