LOS ANGELES — Gap Inc. has coaxed Patricia DeRosa, 50, out of retirement. She will join the firm Monday in the new post of senior vice president of creative talent development in the human resources department, the company said Thursday.

DeRosa’s primary responsibilities will be to identify design talent for the company’s New York-based design teams for the three divisions: Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

“Why does somebody come out of retirement? I absolutely love discovering talent and then developing those people to leverage each other’s expertise,” DeRosa said.

Among her goals is to initiate relationships with design schools. “There was no formal way for new designers to come into the company,” she said.

DeRosa had been with Gap for 18 years, most recently as executive vice president of Gap and president of GapKids. She is credited with hiring Gary Muto, president of Gap, and Jenny Ming, president of Old Navy.

She left Gap in 1995 for Charming Shoppes Inc., where she worked on new business development. In 1996, she was named president and chief operating officer of Ann Taylor Stores, and five years later retired to spend more time with her daughter.

DeRosa will report to Eva Sage-Gavin, executive vice president of human resources, Gap Inc.

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