Michelle Banks is currently a Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore LLC where she specializes in providing executive coaching to corporate general counsel and their successors in development.
A consummate public company legal and executive officer with considerable international expertise, Michelle brings an exceptional corporate perspective to her clients to help them successfully resolve the challenges they face. As Gap Inc.’s (Fortune: 178/NYSE: GPS) Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, Michelle was a key member of, and strategic advisor to, the CEO’s senior leadership team and dually reported to the CEO and the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. Over the course of her career at Gap Inc., she led the global equity, foundation, franchise services, governance, government affairs and public policy, integrity, legal, privacy, and sustainability functions, for the third largest global apparel retailer and owner of the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. In addition to managing teams in 15 countries, Michelle served the retailer in leadership roles that resulted in successful global expansions, acquisitions, three CEO transitions, and the restructuring of the company’s operating model. She gained extensive experience in corporate governance, crisis management, ethics and compliance, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, stakeholder engagement, strategic alliances, strategic planning, and succession planning. A hallmark of her leadership was her commitment to mentoring individuals both inside and outside of Gap Inc.
Beyond her experience in the retail industry, and prior to her tenure at Gap Inc., Michelle had roots in the sports world as Legal Counsel to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. She assisted the franchise in developing and financing a sports arena, practice facility, and office complex, while refinancing long-term debt and reorganizing the ownership structure.