Meet Sonia Syngal, the GAP CEO who navigated the clothing brand during the pandemic

Jul 12, 2022

By: Shradha Aneja

​​Sonia Syngal,

the Indo-Canadian businesswoman, is stepping down from the CEO and president position of popular American apparel company GAP.

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​GAP fires its CEO

Due to the increasing expenses and extending limits to clear out this quarter's working benefits, GAP fires Sonia Syngal.

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​Life and education

Born in India, Sonia shifted to Canada at a young age. She completed her graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and post-graduation in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University in the US.

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Roles

Sonia joined the GAP company in 2004 and worked as a Managing Director, Senior Vice President, and Executive Vice President for a period of time.

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Growth

The sales of GAP's largest brand Old Navy to $8B from $7B under Sonia’s leadership. Also, she worked to expand the brand's presence in North American stores.

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When did she become the CEO?

She became the CEO of GAP in March 2020 and led the portfolio of lifestyle brands. She led a team of more than 100,000 employees.

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Career

Before joining Gap, Sonia was a part of Fortune 500 product companies and served 10 years at Sun Microsystems and 6 years at Ford Motor Company.

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Being appointed as the CEO of the company in 2020,

Sonia had to immediately shut some stores and manage shifts due to Covid-19.

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​Committee member

Apart from being the company's CEO and President, Sonia is also a member of the Fashion Pact that is committed to environmental objectives like stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity, and protecting the oceans.

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Other

Sonia is also a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which provides after-school programmes for young groups.

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