(Filed Under Financial and General Interest News). Patrick Robinson, executive vice president of Gap Global Design for intimate apparel sub-brand Gapbody and adult, is leaving the company, effective immediately, the company announced Thursday.
His departure is not voluntary, according to Gap Inc. "After spending the last three months in New York with the creative team, I’ve made the decision to make a change within our Gap Adult design team," said Pam Wallack, head of the Gap Global Creative Center in New York City.
Although Glenn Murphy, chairman and C.E.O of Gap Inc., praised Robinson for his time with the company, he asserted that the company needs to change directions. "Patrick has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for the Gap brand and our customers over the last four years, and we’re grateful for his hard work, especially related to our 1969 denim," he said. "Our leaders of the Gap Global Creative Center are taking the necessary steps to compete and win around the world."
Gap said it will begin a search to fill this position immediately. In the interim, Wallack will manage the design teams. Jennifer Giangualano, senior vice president of kids and baby design,will oversee adult design during the transition, and Rosella Guiliani, head of the Los Angeles design office, will continue to oversee Gap’s 1969 denim product line, reporting directly to Wallack.
Since the beginnning of the year, Gap has instituted several changes aimed at improving its performance in North America, including opening the global creative center in February and the planned closure of 200 The Gap stores by 2013. Gap has struggled to pull in domestic sales in recent years; according to a the New York Times article published February 1, Gap North America has failed to pull in annual sales increases for stores open at least a year since 2004.
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