2017 Influential Women’s List: Jenny Ming

 

Jenny Ming is the Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. She was appointed CEO in October 2009. From March 1999 to October 2006, Ming was president of Old Navy, a $6.7 billion business segment of Gap Inc., where she oversaw all aspects of Old Navy and its 900 retail clothing stores in the United States and Canada.

Ming was born in China and raised in San Francisco. In 1978, she earned a bachelor of arts in clothing merchandising with a minor in marketing from San José State University.

Ming’s career began in management at a Mervyn’s department store before she was personally recruited by Gap CEO Millard Drexler in 1986. Ming joined the San Francisco-based retailer as a buyer, and quickly worked her way up through the Gap management ranks, becoming a vice president after three years on the job.

In 1994, Drexler assigned Ming to a new executive team that would oversee a planned Gap spin-off, to be called Old Navy. In 1996, Ming became executive vice president of merchandising for the chain and was named president in March 1999.

Business Week magazine named Ming one of the nation’s top-25 managers in 2000. She also appeared in Fortune magazine’s 2003 and 2004 lists of the 50 most powerful women in American business.