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Target names Ben Cook senior VP global logistics

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Former Apple executive joins retailer's team

MINNEAPOLIS — Ben Cook has been named senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment at Target Corp.

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Benjamin Cook

He will lead the optimization of Target’s inbound and outbound supply chain processes, including carrier transportation and last-mile delivery. He’ll also oversee merchandise planning operations and global logistics. He will report to executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer Arthur ­Valdez.

Cook has leadership experience in a range of supply chain functions, from international transportation and distribution to inventory control and direct-to-customer delivery. He most recently was at Apple Inc., where he was director of logistics and supply chain strategy, leading the transformation of logistics to support an omnichannel distribution model. He has also held operational roles at Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Home Depot Inc.

“The opportunity to apply creative thinking and my past experience to a supply chain of this scale is exhilarating,” says Cook. “Target has a reputable brand and a loyal guest base already in place, and I’m excited to be part of the team building an operation for the future that strengthens guest love and drives long-term company growth.”

“Our guests expect us to deliver product quickly and reliably, and that means we need a supply chain that’s increasingly fast and precise,” says Valdez. “Ben’s expertise and proven track record in cutting cost and reducing complexity in the name of speed will be an incredible asset to our team. We believe he’s the right addition to the work we’re doing to strengthen Target’s supply chain so we can offer an even faster and simpler guest ­experience.”

Valdez joined the company in March from Amazon.com Inc., where he was vice president of operations focusing on international supply chain expansion. He has been sued by Amazon on the grounds that a noncompetition agreement requires him to wait 18 months after leaving the company before working for a rival.


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