Gap North America president Marka Hansen is leaving her post this Friday (4 February) after 24 years with the apparel retailer.

Hansen joined the business as a merchant with Banana Republic in 1987, before holding senior merchandising roles with Banana Republic and Gap, also working for the company’s international division as it prepared to expand into Europe and Japan.

Hansen was president of Banana Republic from 2003, assuming the post of president, Gap North America, in 2007.

"Marka has been one of Gap’s most passionate champions for 24 years, leaving a strong imprint on the company as a highly-respected leader, talented merchant and mentor to many," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap.

"After several conversations, Marka and I agreed this was the right time for a change in the organisation in order to take Gap brand to a new level."

Gap said an internal successor to Hansen would be announced imminently.