Target is shaking up its leadership division with several new appointments, including a new role focused on further differentiating its end-to-end guest experience.
“Guided by our purpose of helping all families discover the joy of everyday life and fueled by the most talented, committed team in retail, Target has experienced tremendous growth over the past two years,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target. “The updates we’re making to our leadership team reflect the size and scale of our more than $100 billion business, while also positioning the company for continued momentum well into the future. I have tremendous confidence in these leaders and the value they bring to our organization as we work together to meet the needs of current and new Target guests.”
The first appointment made by the retailer is naming Cara Sylvester its new executive vice president and chief guest officer. In this new company role, Sylvester will work to lead strategy that further differentiates Target’s guest experience, with a focus on increasing personalization and attracting more shoppers to the store, website and app.
Sylvester joined Target in 2007 and most recently served as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing and digital officer.
Brett Craig has been promoted to the role of executive vice president and chief information officer who will report to Sylvester. Craig joined the company in 2008, held various leadership roles across a variety of business areas, including technology and merchandising, and most recently served as senior vice president of digital.
Mike McNamara, who has been Target’s executive vice president and chief information officer since 2005, shared his intent to retire. Following Craig’s appointment, he will transition to a strategic advisory role with the company through the end of January 2023.
Matt Zabel has been named executive vice president and general counsel. Zabel joined the retailer in 2010 and most recently served as senior vice president of risk and employee labor relations who led Target’s internal COVID-19 task force, and worked across the enterprise to help guide planning and response efforts.
The company named Arthur Valdez the new executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistic officer, as well as a member of the leadership team. Having joined Target in 2016, Valdez played a critical role in transforming the company’s supply chain network.
Lastly, Target shared that Christina Hennington, executive vice president and chief growth officer, will assume responsibility for Target in India. Hennington joined the company in 2003 and has overseen the merchandising, product design and sourcing departments, as well as strategy, insights and growth. In India, she will work to drive further connectivity between its multidisciplinary team and growth strategies.