Michael Francis is back on the retail scene, about as quickly as he left.


Francis will be consulting for Gap Inc. in a marketing creative role starting Monday. Gap’s pool of creative consultants has been growing. The company already counts Tracy Gardner, Jill Stanton and Narciso Rodriguez as creative advisers. Francis will report to Gap Inc. chairman and chief executive Glenn Murphy and work at the San Francisco headquarters about two weeks out of each month. “He’s not an employee,” said a spokeswoman. She added that Francis will be involved in the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic divisions, and likely spend the most time on Old Navy in light of the division’s international ambitions. Francis was president of J.C. Penney Co. Inc. until June, when he left abruptly after just eight months on the job. Before that, he was executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Target Corp. and was involved in planning the Target expansion into Canada that happens next year.