NEW YORK — Ken Pilot, president of Gap International, will become chief executive officer of J. Crew Group Inc. on Sept. 9, ending a four-month search for new leadership at the struggling J. Crew brand but opening up another senior post at the also struggling Gap Inc.

The Gap is already looking for a successor to its ceo Millard "Mickey" Drexler, who plans to retire soon, possibly before the end of the year. Late Monday, when J. Crew announced that Pilot was coming on board, there was instant speculation that he may have been tired of working in the shadow of Drexler, particularly as it became apparent that the organization would not tap him to succeed Drexler.

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