What will former Nordstrom exec do for Target’s merchandising?
Is CEO Brian Cornell planning to take Target in a more upscale direction? That’s one of the logical questions coming out of yesterday’s announcement that Target has hired Mark Tritton, a former Nordstrom executive, as its new chief merchandising officer after a nearly year-long search.
In his new role, Mr. Tritton will oversee buying, product design and development, sourcing and visual merchandising for Target. He has been charged with transforming the company’s merchandising and operations.
“Over the past year, we’ve undergone an exhaustive search for a chief merchant, and I’m confident that Mark’s experience and passion make him the right fit for Target’s business and our team,” said Mr. Cornell in a statement. “He’s a bold, decisive leader, and he’ll play a critical role in guiding Target’s merchandising authority across all channels, ensuring we meet the ever-evolving wants and needs of our guests.”
Mr. Tritton was president of the Nordstrom Product Group where he oversaw merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and omnichannel distribution of more than 50 private labels across Nordstrom’s full-price department stores as well as its Rack outlets. Before Nordstrom, Mr. Tritton worked in leadership positions at Timberland and Nike.
In addition to Mr. Tritton’s hiring, Target also announced that Jason Goldberger has been named chief digital officer and president of Target.com. Mr. Goldberger has been charged with enhancing Target’s digital experiences as well as developing new capabilities in the newly created position.
Mr. Goldberger joined Target in 2013 after stints at Gilt Groupe, Hayneedle.com and Amazon.com.
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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: What do you think the hiring of Mark Tritton from Nordstrom will mean for Target’s merchandising strategy? What will the creation of the chief digital officer position mean for the retailer?