Salaam Coleman Smith. Courtesy of Gap
Gap has elected Salaam Coleman Smith as the newest member of its Board of Directors. The move, which is effective March 22, 2021, will make Coleman Smith the sixth female member of the clothing company’s Board of Directors.
Coleman Smith’s background is in the media industry and she will bring extensive business, creative and operating expertise to help drive Gap’s long-term growth, industry leadership, and creativity. In a press release, Executive Chairman Bobby Martin welcomed Coleman Smith and remarked on her “deep passion for and understanding of cultivating successful brands” as well as her focus on “leveraging cultural relevance to drive performance.”
Martin went on to say, “Our work to evolve this great company and realize its potential to grow purpose-led lifestyle brands will only benefit from the perspectives and counsel of Ms. Coleman Smith and our existing board members, as we look to serve and represent the voices and interests of millions of customers."
Coleman Smith is a former Disney employee, who served as EVP at the Disney ABC Television Group and oversaw Strategy and Programming for ABC Family and Freeform. Prior to joining Disney, The Stanford University graduate spent over a decade at NBCUniversal where she served as President of Style Media. She also worked at Viacom within MTV Networks International and is currently a member of Pinterest’s Board of Directors.
Coleman Smith stated, “Gap Inc. exemplifies its unique purpose, to be ‘Inclusive, by Design,’ through its iconic brands - Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta - that have stood the test of time and stand poised for a new chapter of reinvention,” said Salaam Coleman Smith. “I am inspired by the dynamic leadership of Gap Inc. CEO, Sonia Syngal, and her focused approach to creating value through innovation, sustainability, economic opportunity, and a consumer-centric perspective.”
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