A sweeping change is headed to Target’s C-suite, as the retailer made several announcements regarding new executive appointments. This is all on the heels of Target’s plans to further stimulate its growth in the retail sector.
"At the core of Target's success is the most talented team in retail," said Chairman and CEO, Brian Cornell. "The depth of expertise across Target's leadership team in particular has been a critical driver in Target's winning strategy and the excellence of our operations. The changes we're announcing create new opportunities for key leaders to bring their knowledge and experiences to different areas of the business. I'm confident these moves will drive Target's position as a best-in-class retailer today and well into the future.”
Rick Gomez, who previously served as Target’s Chief Marketing, Digital, and Strategy Officer, has been named Chief Food and Beverage Officer and Executive Vice President. He takes the place of Stephanie Lundquist, who announced her plans to depart earlier this year after 15 years with the company.
Gomez has been with the company since 2013. During his tenure, Gomez helped deepen relationships with the organization’s guests through the launch of a successful loyalty program and also led the brand to immense digital growth. Before he joined Target, Gomez served over 20 years with multi-billion-dollar consumer packaged goods brands such as PepsiCo, MillerCoors, and the Quaker Oats Company.
Christina Hennington has been appointed Chief Growth Officer and Executive Vice President. After joining Target in 2003, a press release commented, Hennington played vital roles within the retailer, aiding the company in modernizing its merchandising organization as well as helping it establish itself as a reliable provider of essentials amidst the pandemic.
In this position, Hennington will oversee Target’s merchandising organizations, enterprise strategy, insights, and innovation.
Hennington will also work to develop revenue-generating strategies that could solidify the brand’s place as a leading retailer.
Jill Sando steps into Hennington’s former position. Sando joined Target in 1997 and has since proved herself a skilled merchant. As the new Chief Merchandising Officer and Executive Vice President, she will lead buying for all of Target’s hardlines and softlines product categories.
Cara Sylvester will take on the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Digital Officer. She will will be responsible for furthering the brand’s loyalty program and in-house media company, as well as achieving digital growth. Sylvester has held a multitude of leadership positions since joining the company in 2007, recently serving as Senior Vice President of Home. During her time in this role, Sylvester drove strong sales and market share gains.
Katie Boylan will now serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, where she will strong>oversee Target’s social responsibility and sustainability initiatives and philanthropic efforts, including the Target Foundation. Boylan joined the company in 2011, and has since played a vital role in advancing the brand’s reputation.
On behalf of Deli Market News, we extend our congratulations to all of these new executive appointments.