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Target Names First Chief Growth Officer, Announces Series of C-Level Promotions

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Target has made a number of changes across its executive leadership team, including the promotion of Christina Hennington to the newly established role of EVP and Chief Growth Officer.

Additional appointments include:

  • Jill Sando will step into Hennington’s previous role and oversee buying for hardlines and softlines as EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer;
  • Rick Gomez has been named EVP and Chief Food and Beverage Officer;
  • Cara Sylvester has been promoted to EVP and Chief Marketing and Digital Officer; and
  • Katie Boylan has been promoted to EVP and Chief Communications Officer and will assume oversight of corporate responsibility.

“At the core of Target’s success is the most talented team in retail,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target in a statement. “The changes we’re announcing create new opportunities for key leaders to bring their knowledge and experiences to different areas of the business.” 

Hennington joined Target in 2003, and was instrumental in modernizing the retailer’s merchandising organization by blending its physical and digital buying functions. In her new Chief Growth Officer role, Hennington will oversee merchandising as well as enterprise strategy, insights and innovation.

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As Hennington steps into this new role, Sando, who joined Target in 1997, will now lead buying for all of Target’s hardlines and softlines product categories, as EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer.

Gomez, who has been with Target since 2013, most recently served as the company’s Chief Marketing, Digital and Strategy Officer, during which time he launched Target’s loyalty program. In his new role, he will leverage the expertise he has developed during his time at Target, combined with more than 20 years managing multi-billion-dollar consumer packaged goods brands with MillerCoors, PepsiCo and the Quaker Oats Company, to further accelerate Target’s food and beverage business. After 15 years with the company, Stephanie Lundquist, Target’s former president of food and beverage, announced her plans to depart the organization earlier this year. She will remain in an advisory role through spring 2021.

Sylvester, who joined Target in 2007 has served in a variety of leadership roles across strategy and merchandising, most recently as SVP of Home. In her new position, Sylvester will be responsible for deepening affinity for the Target brand across all platforms, furthering the company’s popular loyalty program and in-house media company, and fueling continued digital growth for the retailer.

Boylan, who joined Target in 2011, has been leading the company’s communications function since 2017. Now, her expanded responsibilities will include Target’s social responsibility and sustainability initiatives as well as the company’s philanthropic efforts, including the Target Foundation. By bringing its communications and corporate responsibility functions together, Target hopes to “deepen the company’s understanding of evolving stakeholder expectations, bring increased transparency to the work and help the organization drive even more meaningful environmental and social impact,” according to a company statement.

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