Jack Calhoun Joins Kimpton’s Board of Directors

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Portrait of Babana Republic President Jack Calhoun. Commissioned by the subject and intended for use in a C Magazine article.

Many of us know Jack Calhoun as the impeccably styled Global President of Banana Republic. Well the multifaceted stylisto who wears many hats recently announced his appointment to the Board of Directors of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

Kimpton’s diverse group of boutique hotels in San Francisco include Palomar, Hotel Monaco, Sir Francis Drake, Harbor Court, Argonaut and the Tuscan Inn, among several others. “I’m thrilled to be joining the Kimpton board, a company that continues to innovate and deliver on a meaningful and memorable guest experience,” said Calhoun.  “This appointment is a perfect marriage of my personal passions – bringing great design, customer interaction and company values all into one space. And it’s clearly an exciting time for Kimpton, given the momentum the company has gained in the marketplace. I’m looking forward to contributing to the continued growth and financial success of the company.”

The Harvard graduate also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera, one of the world’s leading opera companies. He also served for five years on the Board of Directors of the national not-for-profit GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) as well as on the Board of Directors of the Mitchell Gold furniture company. His addition to Kimpton marks the second new member to Kimpton’s Board of Directors in the past 18 months, joining recent addition Geoff Cottrill, Chief Marketing Officer of Converse.

Calhoun, who is responsible for all aspects of Banana Republic’s global business including all brand, product and employee experiences, joined Gap Inc. in 2003 and has since grown sales and positioned Banana Republic as the go-to brand for men and women.  He was instrumental in leading growth initiatives with the launch of a new handbag, fragrance and eyeglass line, as well as spearheaded numerous fashion, designer and art related brand partnerships.

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