Target announces leadership changes in U.S., Canada

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced on Tuesday a number of leadership changes in the United States and Canada designed to further the company’s efforts to drive U.S. traffic and sales, improve its Canadian operations and advance its ongoing digital transformation.

Effective immediately, Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada, will depart the company. Mark Schindele, SVP, merchandising operations, will assume the role of president, Target Canada.

Mark Schindele

In this position, Schindele will report to Kathee Tesija, chief merchandising and supply chain officer, whose responsibilities include Target Canada.

Schindele brings 22 years of retail experience, including 15 years at Target, to the position. During his Target tenure, he has played an integral role in launching new store formats, including PFresh, CityTarget, and Target Express. He has also enhanced Target’s guest insights and analytics capabilities and led multiple business categories and vendor partnerships. In his current role, he leads a global team and provides senior-level oversight to Target’s merchandising operations, including systems, global sourcing, and product development, the company stated.

“We are grateful to Tony for leading Target's first international launch. One of our key priorities is improving performance in Canada more rapidly and we believe it is important to be aggressive. We have a committed team who is focused on delivering an outstanding shopping experience to our Canadian guests and getting our performance on track,” stated John Mulligan, Target’s interim president and CEO. “Mark’s broad understanding of the retail industry and his record of leading global operations will help accelerate efforts to drive improvements across our Canadian business.”

Schindele will join the Target Canada leadership team, which includes:

  • Janna Adair Potts, SVP, stores and distribution
  • John Butcher, SVP, merchandising
  • Livia Zufferli, VP, marketing
  • Tiffany Monroe, VP, human resources
  • Mark Wong, general counsel

Target will also be naming a non-executive chair in Canada. In this newly created advisory role, the non-executive chair will provide counsel and support to the president of Target Canada to ensure all strategies and tactics align with the Canadian marketplace.

In the United States, Target is elevating three senior merchandising leaders and realigning the team to better leverage functional expertise as the company focuses on driving improved performance.

  • Trish Adams has been promoted to EVP, apparel and home
  • Jose Barra has been promoted to EVP, essentials and hardlines
  • Keri Jones has been promoted to EVP, merchandising planning and operations

“Moving more quickly to bring bold, innovative ideas to the marketplace will help us connect with our guests in more meaningful ways. By realigning the merchandising team we can better leverage our senior-level leaders, be more agile and deliver for our guests with a greater sense of urgency,” stated Tesija.


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