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Zac Posen named Gap Inc. creative director, chief creative at Old Navy

Gap Inc. has announced the appointment of Zac Posen to the role of executive vice president, creative director of Gap Inc. and chief creative officer of Old Navy.

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He will be based at Gap Inc.’s headquarters in San Francisco.

An award-winning creator and entrepreneur, the U.S. designer is known for his technical excellence and body-positive designs. Over 25 years, his extensive career has included red-carpet couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, costume design and more.

As chief creative officer of Old Navy, Posen will be leading design, merchandising and marketing for Gap Inc.’s largest brand. He will work hand-in-hand with Haio Barbeito, Old Navy’s President and CEO, reporting directly to him.

“Given our scale and sizeable customer reach, Old Navy provides a tremendous canvas for Zac’s talent and creativity,” Barbeito said. “And his leadership will add a new dimension to Old Navy as we reassert the brand with renewed authority in fit, quality and style for the family.”

As creative director of Gap Inc., Posen will serve as “a cultural curator and creative partner,” to Richard Dickson, president and CEO of Gap Inc., joining the company’s executive leadership team.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Zac Posen, one of America’s most celebrated designers, at the onset of an exciting new chapter for Gap Inc,” said Dickson.

“His technical expertise and cultural clarity have consistently evolved American fashion, making him a great fit for the company as we ignite a new culture of creativity across the portfolio and reinvigorate our storied brands.”

Posen’s appointment follows that of Eric Chan to chief business and strategy officer and Amy Thompson to chief people officer at Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is America’s largest specialty apparel company offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta brands.