SAN FRANCISCO –- Gap Inc. announced that Sonia Syngal has been selected as Old Navy’s global president, effective immediately. She will continue to report to Gap Inc. Chief Executive Officer Art Peck.
During her 12 year Gap Inc. tenure, Syngal has been a key driver in evolving the company’s product-to-market model, and held leadership roles where she honed her expertise in managing retail operations, driving growth, and bringing brand experiences to life for customers. The appointment marks Syngal’s return to Old Navy where she served as senior vice president of the brand’s International division in 2013, until being tapped to lead Gap Inc.’s enterprise-wide global supply chain.
Old Navy reported a 6% sales decline in March from last year. Gap stores saw a 3% decline while Banana Republic was down 14% for the month.
“Sonia is an inspiring leader with a proven track record leading transformation and driving product-to-market innovations,” said Art Peck, chief executive officer, Gap Inc. “Following a comprehensive search, I’m confident Sonia is the right leader to enable Old Navy to realize its substantial, long-term growth potential.”
Most recently, Syngal served as executive vice president of Global Supply Chain and Product Operations for Gap Inc., responsible for managing all aspects of global sourcing, logistics and product operations across all of Gap Inc.’s brands and channels. In this role, Syngal worked closely with Old Navy leadership to develop the company’s newly evolved product-to-market model designed to increase speed and flexibility, while delivering brand-right product in a systematic, repeatable way across the enterprise.
“Old Navy is truly changing the value space with great design and quality apparel that the whole family loves, and I can’t wait to focus my energy on continuing to deliver that promise for our customers,” said Syngal. “How we continue to transform our product engine, focused on balancing amazing product with operational excellence, will be key to unlocking Old Navy’s next phase of growth.”
Before her time at Old Navy, Syngal led Gap and Banana Republic’s European business for nearly two years, and spent almost three years driving the international divisions for Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores. She also held various vice president-level roles across the company’s global sourcing organization for four years. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Syngal had a successful career in Fortune 500 companies having spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems and six years at Ford Motor Company.