Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has elected Bill Fisher, son of the company founders Doris and Don Fisher, to fill the seat on its board of directors which was left vacant when his father died in September.

Mr Fisher, a former 15-year veteran of the company, joins the board alongside his brother, Bob. Their mother, Doris, is an honorary lifetime director.

Since the company went public in 1976, at least two members of the Fisher family have served on the board of directors.

"Bill helped establish our International division during his time with the company, and he'll bring both his extensive global experience and business acumen to contribute on a number of fronts," said chairman and chief executive officer Glenn Murphy.

"I believe I am joining when there is a great chapter ahead for Gap," Fisher added. "I hope to contribute to the future growth of the company and support our shareholders' interests."