Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has boosted its product team with the addition of former Nike and Uniqlo executives to its Gap and Old Navy teams.

Jill Stanton, the former vice president of global apparel at Nike, is stepping into the newly-created role as creative advisor for Old Navy. And Liz Meltzer, who was Uniqlo's senior vice president of merchandising for the US and Europe is joining the company as senior vice president of Gap International merchandising.

"Boosting our already-strong creative talent is a key focus in 2012," said Gap Inc chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy.

At Old Navy, Stanton will work with the design and merchandising teams to provide a fresh perspective and insights to the brand. Her career includes time at Next and Marks & Spencer, while at Nike she was responsible for the strategic direction of all functional areas associated with product design, production, and development of Nike apparel globally.

Meltzer will oversee Gap's international merchandising in Asia, Europe, and other key regions outside of North America as a key member of the Gap Global Creative Center in New York. In addition to Uniqlo, she has held senior-level merchandising positions at J Crew and Calvin Klein.