NEW YORK — Gap Inc. is turning into Disneyland.

Last September, the company hired Paul Pressler, former chairman of Disney’s global theme parks and resorts, as its president and chief executive, and lately, he’s been stacking the Gap team with Disney executives.

On Monday, the San Francisco-based retailer named Patti Johnson, formerly chief financial officer for Kohl’s and before that a senior financial executive at The Disney Store Inc., as cfo for Old Navy. She succeeds Lee Bird, who was promoted to chief operating officer of the domestic Gap division.

Last month, Pressler recruited some other former Disney executives, including Toby Lenk, who was named president of Gap Inc. Direct. Lenk was ceo and founder of the former eToys, and once was vice president of corporate strategic planning for The Walt Disney Co.

Two other recent Gap recruits, chief financial officer Byron Pollitt and executive vice president of human resources Eva Sage-Gavin, also held senior posts at Disney during their careers.

Bird, who will report to Gap president Gary Muto, joined Gap in April 2001 as head of finance for Old Navy. He succeeds Ron Beegle, who is leaving the firm.

"Patti and Lee have the broad operating and financial management skills we need to continue our turnaround momentum at Old Navy and Gap, drive greater operating discipline and efficiency, and position the brands for sustainable growth," Pressler said in a statement.

Kohl’s said in a statement that Johnson decided to return to California for family reasons. On an interim basis, the financial organization will report directly to Arlene Meier, chief operating officer. Meier previously held the cfo spot.

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