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Old Navy’s New CEO Is a Seasoned Gap Inc. Veteran

Staying in house, Gap Inc. on Thursday announced the appointment of Nancy Green as the president and CEO of Old Navy, the company’s largest brand.

Green will report to Gap Inc. CEO Sonia Syngal and will serve on the company’s senior leadership team. Green has served as interim head of Old Navy since March and was previously president and chief creative officer of the brand.

“Nancy is a visionary leader who brings deep customer empathy to her role every day,” Syngal said. “She has led the brand through one of the most challenging periods in its 26-year history, and the team has delivered strong results through compelling creative and product execution. Under Nancy’s purpose-led leadership, the brand has grown a formidable billion-dollar active and fleece business, launched new omnichannel experiences, and doubled down on Old Navy’s promise to welcome everyone through fun, fashion, family and value. I look forward to watching her and the team further grow the brand and its social impact at a time when it matters most.”

Green said Old Navy has always stood for the democracy of style, “and we have the unique ability and scale to bring that mission to life in how we deliver new product, experiences and style to customers of all sizes, shapes and backgrounds.”

Prior to joining Old Navy in August of last year, Green served as president and CEO of Gap Inc.’s Athleta unit, where she helped grow the brand from $250 million to a nearly $1 billion purpose-led business for active women and girls. In 2018, she was instrumental in Athleta becoming the first apparel company of its size and scale to achieve B Corp certification.

During her career with Gap Inc., Green has also held multiple roles in the Old Navy brand, including the early growth years of the brand and again from 2010 to 2012 when she led product, design and visual merchandising. It was under her leadership that the brand focused on balancing innovation in core categories and launched the iconic Rockstar jean and Pixie pant, as well as the active business.

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Beyond Gap Inc., Green has served as CEO of Shabby Chic, where she partnered with the founder to create a vision and growth strategy for a multichannel lifestyle brand. She also ran the Pottery Barn main division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. as general manager and executive vice president from 2003 to 2007 during a significant growth phase from $1 billion to $2 billion.

Green serves on the board of directors of Allbirds, as well as the Gap Foundation board of trustees, and is a council member of the women’s executive leadership organization C200.

Originated in 1994, Old Navy now has 1,200 stores around the world.