Hennington gets new company role

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MINNEAPOLIS — Christina Hennington has been named executive vice president and chief growth officer at Target Corp., in one of a number of leadership changes the company announced recently.

“At the core of Target’s success is the most talented team in retail,” Target chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell said. “I’m confident these moves will drive Target’s position as a best-in-class retailer today and well into the future.”

In a newly created role at Target, Hennington will have oversight of merchandising, including the retailer’s product design and global sourcing organizations, as well as enterprise strategy, insights and innovation. She will work across Target’s organization to identify and pursue revenue-generating strategies that deepen the company’s relevancy with current and prospective guests.

Hennington joined Target in 2003. She has been instrumental in the retailer’s efforts to modernize its merchandising organization, blending its physical and digital buying functions. She also played a critical role in establishing Target as a reliable and trusted destination for essential needs during the pandemic.

Jill Sando will now lead buying for all of Target’s hard lines and soft lines product categories, as the company’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Sando, who joined Target in 1997, has established herself as a skilled merchant, known for her eye for trend, curation and anticipating guests’ needs across Target’s multicategory assortment, the company said. Sando will report to Hennington and remain a member of Target’s executive leadership team.

Rick Gomez has been named executive vice president and chief food and beverage officer. Gomez, who has been with Target since 2013, most recently served as the company’s chief marketing, digital and strategy officer. During that time, he led the launch of one of the country’s fastest-growing loyalty programs and helped Target achieve industry-leading digital growth, the company said.

Stephanie Lundquist, Target’s former president of food and beverage and a 15-year Target veteran, announced her plans to depart the organization earlier this year. She will remain in an advisory role through spring 2021.

Cara Sylvester has been promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing and digital officer. Sylvester joined Target in 2007 and has held a variety of leadership roles across strategy and merchandising, most recently as senior vice president of home. 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.

Katie Boylan has been promoted to executive vice president and chief communications officer. Boylan, who joined Target in 2011, has played a critical role in advancing and protecting Target’s reputation during her more than 10 years with the company.



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