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Sylvester in new role at Target

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MINNEAPOLIS — Target has appointed Cara Sylvester executive vice president and chief guest experience officer, a new role at the company, in one of several changes to the 14-member leadership team that reports to Brian Cornell, Target’s chief executive officer.

Sylvester joined Target in 2007 and has been serving since last year as Target’s chief marketing and digital officer, a role she will continue as she assumes oversight of efforts to deepen customer engagement and attract more shoppers to Target’s stores and its digital platform.

Sylvester’s change was the most prominent leadership move Target announced on May 5.

“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,” Cornell said in a statement.

In other leadership moves:

Brett Craig was promoted to executive vice president and chief information officer, where he succeeds Mike McNamara, who is retiring.

Matt Zabel was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel. Zabel joined the company in 2010 and most recently served as senior vice president of risk and employee and labor relations, with oversight of the retailer’s COVID-19 task force.

Arthur Valdez was named executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer. Valdez joined Target in 2016 and had been helping to transform the company’s supply chain network.

Christina Hennington, Target’s executive vice president and chief growth officer, will assume responsibility for Target in India. Hennington joined Target in 2003. In her current role, she is responsible for merchandising, product design and sourcing, as well as strategy, insights and growth. Her leadership of Target in India will drive further connectivity between Target’s multidisciplinary team in India and the retailer’s growth strategies.


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