February 12, 2009 // Franchising.com // San Francisco –– Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced David Zoba has joined the company as senior vice president of Corporate Real Estate. In this role, Zoba will work closely with the company's Brand presidents in developing and delivering on the company's commitment to optimize its global real estate fleet. Zoba will report to Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc., and serve on the company's executive leadership team.
"David has impressive credentials gained during his career in real estate over the past three decades: he's developed real estate strategies for retailers and has worked directly for both landlords and real estate developers," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc. "He's the ideal leader to guide our global real estate strategy."
In the past year, Gap Inc. has developed a comprehensive store-by-store real estate strategy to realize the full potential from the company's real estate portfolio. The company has also identified global opportunities to expand its portfolio of brands through both owned-and-operated stores and agreements with franchise partners.
"It's a perfect time to be joining Gap Inc., given the strength of these brands and the company's strong cash position," said Zoba. "I look forward to working with the company's leaders to ensure each store location represents the best possible showcase for our brands' products and offerings."
Zoba began as a real estate attorney on Wall Street and quickly moved into shopping centers and corporate real estate. He joined The Limited in the mid-1990's to lead real estate law, and then expanded his responsibility significantly to other areas during his seven years with the company. He subsequently worked for Galyan's Trading Company, Inc., where as EVP he helped create and launch a specialty sporting goods retailer that later became part of Dick's Sporting Goods. Most recently, Zoba was principal and chief operating officer for Steiner + Associates, one of the country's most respected mixed-use retail developers.
Zoba earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and attended the London School of Economics for graduate studies. Zoba has a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School.
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