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Dallas, Texas   -  May 2021

Kingsley Gate Partners Places Chief People Officer at J.Crew Group

Kingsley Gate Partners, the leading firm in retained executive search that helps to ensure a lasting fit between its clients and placed candidates, today announced that it has successfully placed Jose Davila as Chief People Officer at J.Crew Group.

“Jose is a builder that knows how to creatively transform and grow businesses and HR teams and is particularly strong at creating a framework for managing talent and providing meaningful advice and counsel to leaders at all levels.” said Mike Bergen, Senior Partner and Global HR Practice Leader at Kingsley Gate Partners, who led the search. “His experiences, skills, and leadership attributes make him uniquely qualified to help lead the J.Crew and Madewell brands into the future. Kingsley Gate Partners is proud to have partnered with J.Crew Group on this search.”

Before joining J.Crew Group, Jose served as Vice President of Human Resources for Levi Strauss & Co., where he oversaw the organization’s HR leadership team for North and South America. Previously, he spent more than ten years at Gap Inc. He held a series of leadership positions, including Head of International Human Resources, Head of Human Resources for Banana Republic, and Vice President, Human Resources for the Gap Brand Stores Organization.

“I’m excited to join J.Crew Group as part of the leadership team positioning this iconic brand for the future,” said Davila. “I’ve always admired the J.Crew and Madewell brands, and the intensely loyal following these brands have generated. I look forward to building on the company’s success and creating an employee value proposition that attracts, motivates, and retains the best talent in the market, allowing us to provide our customers with top-tier products and an unforgettable customer experience.”

About J.Crew Group
J.Crew Group is an internationally recognized omnichannel retailer of women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, shoes, and accessories. As of April 1, 2021, the company operates 152 J.Crew retail stores, 143 Madewell stores, 147 J.Crew Factory stores in nearly every state in the United States, and maintains J.Crew, Madewell and J.Crew Factory websites. For more information, visit,, and

About Kingsley Gate Partners
Transforming the world of retained executive search, Kingsley Gate Partners leverages the scientific interviewing approach of its Synchronous Fit® framework, deep industry insights of a world-class cadre of consultants, and state-of-the-art technology to deliver greater accountability, accuracy, velocity, and transparency that ensures a lasting strategic fit between executives and clients. Headquartered in Dallas, the partnership employs search consultants worldwide with expertise in private equity, life sciences and healthcare, financial services, technology, retail, hospitality & leisure, manufacturing, and professional services. The firm works with best-of-breed organizations in over 30 countries. For more information, go to

Editorial contact:
Natalie Bennett
Kingsley Gate Partners
Phone: 216.930.4895
Email: [email protected]