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Former Penney president to join Gap marketing team

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Francis, the former J.C. Penney president and chief marketing officer at Target Corp., has found a new home.

Gap Inc. is confirming that Francis will join the clothing chain as its marketing creative adviser.

The news comes almost three months after Francis abruptly left J.C. Penney Co., after being on the job for a little over eight months.

As Penney's president, Francis was responsible for the marketing of a controversial new pricing plan that aims to get rid of hundreds of sales events. He also oversaw merchandising and product development.

After his departure, Penney's CEO Ron Johnson assumed his duties.

Gap has been adding several executives as creative advisers to help it spearhead a rebound in its business.

Gap is based in San Francisco.

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