KEN PILOT PROMOTED TO GAP BRAND CHIEF
Byline: David Moin
NEW YORK — To further the turnaround and ongoing aggressive expansion of the Gap division of Gap Inc., Ken Pilot, formerly president of Gap International, has been promoted to president of the Gap brand.
Since last October, Gap Inc. president and chief executive Millard Drexler has been focusing his efforts on the Gap brand and will continue to oversee its marketing and product development, while Pilot will be responsible for merchandising and field operations worldwide, covering both the domestic and international Gap stores.
The company announced Pilot’s promotion, as well as some corporate executive changes on Wednesday.
Gap stores showed slumping sales in the late Nineties, but last year, when Drexler took control of the chain, the division showed improvement, posting high-single-digit comp-store gains. It was largely due to more focused fashion messages and more color, store presentations and stronger advertising.
“In his 11 years with Gap, Ken has compiled an excellent track record of creating strong business growth,” Drexler said in a statement. “Under Ken’s leadership, Gap International has significantly increased sales and earnings. Prior to joining International, Ken played an integral role in building our Gap Outlet division.”
This year, the Gap division plans to open 320 to 340 stores. Drexler took control of the Gap brand in October; Robert Fisher, the son of Gap founder Donald Fisher, had been running it.
In other changes at Gap, Anne Gust was promoted to executive vice president and chief administrative officer, assuming additional responsibility for real estate, global affairs and corporate communications.
Chuck Crovitz was promoted to executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, assuming additional responsibility for sourcing.
Heidi Kunz, executive vice president and chief financial officer, assumed added duties for strategic planning.
They all report to Drexler.
John Wilson resigned as executive vice president and chief operating officer, after five years with the company.
The San Francisco retailer operates around 3,000 stores, including about 1,800 Gap units in the U.S. and 400 Gap units abroad.