Target Names Hennington Chief Growth Officer In Exec Shakeup

Target Corp. has announced a number of changes across its executive leadership team, including the appointment of Christina Hennington as evp and chief growth officer, a newly created role.

Hennington joined Target in 2003 and was recently evp, chief merchandising officer hardlines, essentials and capabilities. In her new job, Hennington will oversee merchandising, including product design and global sourcing organizations, as well as enterprise strategy, insights and innovation, the company stated. She will also work across Target’s organization to identify and pursue revenue-generating strategies that deepen the company’s relevancy with current and prospective guests and reinforce its position as a leading U.S. retailer.

As Hennington steps into her new role, Jill Sando will take up leadership for buying across all of Target’s hardlines and softlines product categories as evp and chief merchandising officer. She was evp and chief merchandising officer, style and owned brands. Sando will report to Hennington and remain a member of Target’s executive leadership team, the company noted.

In addition, Target reported that it has named Rick Gomez evp and chief food and beverage officer. He was chief marketing, digital and strategy officer and now 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 Co., to further accelerate Target’s food and beverage business.

The company has promoted Cara Sylvester to executive vice president and chief marketing and digital officer. She was svp/home and will take responsibility for deepening affinity for the Target brand across all platforms going forward, furthering the company’s popular loyalty program and in-house media company, as well as fueling continued digital growth for the retailer.

Target also has promoted Katie Boylan to evp and chief communications officer. She was chief communications officer, and in her expanded role, Boylan will oversee the company’s social responsibility and sustainability initiatives, as well as the company’s philanthropic efforts, including the Target Foundation.

Stephanie Lundquist, Target’s former president of food and beverage, announced plans to depart the company earlier this year, but she will remain in an advisory role through spring 2021, according to the company.

“At the core of Target’s success is the most talented team in retail,” said Brian Cornell, Target chairman and CEO, in announcing the executive changes. “The depth of expertise across Target’s leadership team in particular has been a critical driver in Target’s winning strategy and the excellence of our operations. The changes we’re announcing create new opportunities for key leaders to bring their knowledge and experiences to different areas of the business. I’m confident these moves will drive Target’s position as a best-in-class retailer today and well into the future.”