Gap appoints former head of merchandising to board

Gap appointed a former employee and veteran of the apparel industry to its board of directors. Tracy Gardner will join the board effective Nov. 11.

Gardner began her career at Gap in 1991 and served in creative roles across the Gap and Banana Republic brands for three years. In 1998, she returned to Gap and was head of adult merchandising from 2002 to 2004.

For six years following her time at Gap, Gardner held several leadership roles at J.Crew, including as president of retail and direct. She has also been an independent consultant for both startups and well-known brands, and was CEO of teen retailer Delia's from 2013 to 2014.

"With more than 30 years of experience, Tracy is an accomplished merchant, creative advisor and leader in growing multi-channel brands," said Bob Fisher, chairman of Gap's board. "Tracy's deep product expertise will bring a powerful creative voice to our already accomplished board."

Gardner has previously served in advisory roles for Gap, including in 2012 when she worked with CEO Art Peck to lead a product and business resurgence. In 2015, she also advised and supported the Gap brand's new leadership team, led by brand president Jeff Kirwan.

"I'm honored to join the company's board of directors at a time of exciting transformation," Gardner said. "I look forward to contributing to the next phase of Gap's growth."

She will become the 11th member of the board and the fourth woman. Gardner also serves on the board of directors at Women in Need and was formerly a member of the Lands' End board of directors. Press Release