March 5, 2020 / 9:54 PM / 24 days ago

UPDATE 2-Old Navy boss to take the helm at Gap

(Adds appointment of executive chairman and members of the board, updates shares)

March 5 (Reuters) - Apparel retailer Gap Inc on Thursday named long-time executive Sonia Syngal as its new chief executive officer, nearly four months after the surprise exit of its then chief Art Peck.

Syngal was heading Gap's Old Navy unit that has been a topic of much speculation after the company scrapped its plan to spin-off the unit in January.

She will replace interim chief Robert Fisher, a member of the founding family behind Gap, who will also step down as chairman of the company's board.

Syngal will receive an annual base salary of $1.3 million and will take over effective March 23.

Gap also said existing board member, Bobby Martin, will take on the role of executive chairman and that Elizabeth Smith and Amy Miles will join the company's board from April.

The apparel retailer's shares were down nearly 1.5% in extended trading. (Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Shailesh Kuber)

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