Gap Inc. has named Sonia Syngal, an accomplished retail leader and CEO of the portfolio’s Old Navy business since 2016, as the company’s next chief executive officer, effective March 23. She will also join the Gap Inc. Board of Directors. Gap says that as the company’s new CEO, Syngal’s top priority will be strengthening the performance of the portfolio.
“It’s an honor to build on this company’s rich heritage and lead our nearly 130,000 employees in transforming our business and operations to successfully compete in the future,” said Syngal. “I’m committed to fully realizing the potential of our portfolio and the advantage of our scale, with a focus on strengthening the love that our millions of customers have for our brands. To do that, we must better prioritize initiatives and capabilities that will improve execution and drive value creation.”
According to Syngal’s LinkedIn profile, under her leadership as CEO of Old Navy, the brand has reached $8B in sales, expanded its North American presence “to more than 1,100+ stores in the U.S. Canada and Mexico, and scaled its ecommerce site and omni-channel capabilities.”
Prior to being appointed CEO of Old Navy in 2016, Syngal was executive vice president of Global Supply Chain and Product Operations, responsible for managing Gap Inc.’s global supply chain and leading the product-to-market model in support of Gap Inc.'s portfolio of brands, including Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix.
Since joining Gap Inc. in 2004, she served in several key leadership and general management roles including managing director for Gap Inc.’s Europe business, senior vice president for Gap Inc.’s International division + International Outlet division and several roles across the production and supply chain continuum.
Prior to joining Gap Inc., Syngal had a long career in Fortune 500 product companies, including 10 years at Sun Microsystems where she led manufacturing operations, logistics and supply chain management, and 6 years at Ford Motor Co. where she held roles in product design, quality and manufacturing engineering.
She is member of the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Board of Governors and serves on the Gap Inc. Foundation Board, and is a guest lecturer at Stanford University.
She lives in the Bay area, is married to Joe McGrath. They have two children.