Sportswear and footwear giant Nike Inc on Tuesday announced the appointment of chief executive officer, Jeanne P Jackson, to the company's 12-strong board of directors.

Jackson, 50, joined in March of last year after having served as president and CEO of Banana Republic, a division of Gap Inc. She also led the Gap Inc direct division, which managed all non-store-related businesses including the Banana Republic Catalogue and the Internet sites for all three Gap brands: Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

Commenting on the appointment, Nike chairman and chief executive officer, Philip H Knight, said:"We are fortunate to have someone with Jeanne's vast experience in apparel retailing, e-tailing, branding and merchandising join the Nike board.

"We look forward to her making many valuable contributions as we continue to grow our apparel and retail businesses globally.''

Before joining Gap, Jackson developed an expertise in retail brands while working at Federated Department Stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Walt Disney Company and Victoria's Secret.

She has been recognised among Business Week'sTop 25 Managers of the Year, profiled three times in Fortune's The Fifty Most Powerful Women in American Business, and included in America's Most Influential Women: 200 Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers by Vanity Fair.