During Gardner’s tenure at J. Crew, the business expanded across channels, completed its public offering and grew revenue by approximately $1 billion. Additionally, she advised numerous startups and well-known brands as an independent consultant between 2010 and 2013, and served as chief executive officer of Delia’s Inc. from 2013 to 2014.
Gardner is no stranger to Gap. She began her Gap Inc. career in 1991, in several creative roles across Gap and Banana Republic until 1994. She returned to the company in 1998 to hold senior leadership positions including the head of Gap Adult Merchandising from 2002 to 2004.
This year, Gardner has served as an advisor to the company’s namesake brand, offering creative support to Gap’s new leadership team, led by global brand president Jeff Kirwan. In 2012, she worked alongside Gap Inc. chief executive officer Art Peck, who was then leading a product and business resurgence as president of Gap North America.
“With more than 30 years of experience, Tracy is an accomplished merchant, creative advisor and leader in growing multi-channel brands,” said Bob Fisher, Gap Inc. chairman of the board, in a press release. “Tracy’s deep product expertise will bring a powerful creative voice to our already accomplished Board.”