Sonia Syngal is an American-Canadian businesswoman who has served as the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of GAP Inc. since March 2020. Syngal is one of the few female CEOs in the Fortune 500.
Syngal was born to Sushma and Satya Syngal in India, before her family moved to Canada.[when?] She later moved to the United States[when?] She got her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in 1993. and her Master's in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University in 1995.
Syngal has held roles in several Fortune 500 companies, including 10 years at Sun Microsystems and six years at Ford Motor Co. Syngal joined Gap Inc. in 2004. Prior to taking the helm at Old Navy, Syngal led the portfolio's global supply chain and product-to-market model, and before that she served as Managing Director of Gap Inc. Europe.
It was founded in 1969 by Donald Fisher and Doris F. Fisher and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company operates six primary divisions: the namesake banner, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Intermix, and Athleta. Gap Inc. is behind Inditex Group and HM in the total numbers of international locations. However, it remains the largest specialty retailer in the United States. As of September 2008, the company has approximately 135,000 employees and operates 3,076 stores worldwide, of which 2,551 are located in the U.S.