Former Supervalu, Target executive dies at 56

MINNEAPOLIS Esteemed retail executive Paul Singer -- whose career included serving as SVP and chief information officer for both Target and Supervalu -- died last week after a 19-month battle with brain cancer. He was 56.

Singer's death was first reported by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. Singer most recently served as Supervalu's CIO and SVP from July 2006 until last year. The company cited his deteriorating health for his departure. In his role at the supermarket chain, he “successfully merged two IT organizations into one [and] expanded the company’s global reach by establishing Supervalu India,” current Supervalu CIO Wayne Shurts wrote in a memo posted by Storefrontbacktalk.com.

Singer also had a more than two-decade career at Target, where he started as a business analyst and eventually became the company's SVP and CIO. He retired from his post in 2005 to join Supervalu, the Journal said.

Singer is survived by his wife of 35 years, Teri; children Lisa (Aaron) Martin, Rachel, Natasha, Svetlana and Angela; grandchildren Blake, Sophie and Alison; mother, Jessie Mae Singer; sister, Patricia (Roy) Hulehan; brother, Ray Singer; and nephews.

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