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Target CEO Brian Cornell To Stay Three More Years

Target CEO Brian Cornell To Stay Three More Years

Target said Brian Cornell agreed to remain in his role as CEO for an additional three years. With Cornell’s commitment, Target’s Board of Directors eliminated its retirement policy, designed to initiate a discussion regarding the possible retirement of its CEO at the age of 65.

Cornell is 63 and has been CEO since 2014. 

The retailer also announced that Arthur Valdez, executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer, would retire. Gretchen McCarthy, senior vice president, global inventory management, succeeds Valdez, effective immediately.

The decision keeps Cornell at the helm of the company, which has slashed its financial forecasts several times this year after misjudging demand and being left with excess inventory. Target shares have fallen nearly 30 percent this year.

“In discussions about the company’s longer-term plans, it was important to us as a Board to assure our stakeholders that Brian intends to stay in his role beyond the traditional retirement age of 65. We enthusiastically support his commitment and continued leadership, especially considering his track record and the company’s strong financial performance during his tenure,” said Monica Lozano, lead independent director of Target’s Board of Directors. “Since joining Target in 2014, Brian has worked to transform Target into an omnichannel leader by driving a guest-centric, purpose-driven strategy. The Board is pleased that Brian has committed to continue leading Target’s strategy and driving its multi-year, long-range plan alongside his talented leadership team.”

“Being a Target team member has been the high point of my career, and I’m energized about leading the company in the years ahead as we build on the growth we’ve already accomplished,” said Cornell, also chairman of Target. “By taking care of our guests, our team, our communities, and our shareholders, Target has added nearly $40 billion in annual revenue since I joined the company and, in many ways, we’re just getting started. Our success is fueled by the best team in retail, and I am confident our culture will continue to propel our company forward. I appreciate the Board’s confidence, the opportunity to keep serving our guests and the chance to continue leading Target in the years ahead.”

Since joining Target in 2016, Valdez has played a critical role in transforming the retailer’s global supply chain and logistics network.

McCarthy, an 18-year Target veteran, has held numerous leadership positions. She brings a deep understanding of Target’s business operations, with experience spanning supply chain transformation, merchandise planning and buying. During her tenure at Target, she has built a global team, modernized inventory management technology resources, led through supply chain volatility during COVID-19, and navigated inventory optimization efforts.

“Arthur brought deep expertise to Target, and his leadership drove significant innovation across our supply chain, fueling Target’s omnichannel growth. On behalf of the entire Target team, I thank Arthur for his contributions and wish him well as he transitions to retirement,” 

Cornell added. “Gretchen will be an excellent addition to our leadership team. She is stepping into her role as a proven leader who will bring a deep understanding of our business operations and a highly collaborative, solution-oriented approach to leadership. She and her global team will continue to drive our supply chain strategy to deliver for our guests and support strong enterprise growth.”

McCarthy will immediately report to John Mulligan, Target’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Valdez and McCarthy have been partnering closely to ensure a smooth transition, and Valdez will continue working with the Target team in an advisory role through April 2023.