Gap Shares Plunge After The Company Announces A New CEO

Art peck gapGap Inc.Art Peck, Gap’s future CEO.

Gap shares are plunging on news that president Art Peck is taking over as CEO.

Shares fell 8% in after market trading.

Peck, who is president of the Growth, Innovation and Digital division, will succeed current CEO Glenn Murphy on February 1, the company said in a statement.

Murphy is retiring after seven years on the job, according to the release. Murphy successfully cut Gap’s expenses and led an international expansion.

Glenn murphy gapGap Inc.Glenn Murphy

He also successfully led turnaround plans at the company’s namesake and Old Navy brands.

The company is aggressively opening stores in China.

Peck has worked at Gap since 2005, and is credited with creating the digital business.

“”I’m honored to be given the opportunity to lead this company with such powerful brands and incredible talent — a combination that sets us apart globally,” Peck said in the release.

Gap sharesYahoo! FinanceGap’s shares during Murphy’s tenure.

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