Kohl’s Names Paul Gaffney Chief Technology Officer

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Kohl’s announced that Paul Gaffney has been named senior executive vice president, chief technology officer, reporting directly to Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass.

In the CTO role, Gaffney will be responsible for all technology, information and digital platforms supporting Kohl’s omnichannel business.

“I’m excited to welcome Paul Gaffney to the Kohl’s team,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer. “His extensive experience leading transformational technology teams and impressive track record of results will be a tremendous asset to Kohl’s. He joins our strong technology team, ready to continue our path forward in driving innovation and change across all aspects of our business. Paul is an excellent addition to our senior leadership team.”

Gaffney most recently served as chief technology officer of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of information technology at The Home Depot, responsible for the organization’s software engineering, user-centered design and applications.

“Kohl’s is doing incredible things as an omnichannel retailer during a very exciting time for the company,” said Gaffney. “Retail is a very dynamic industry and, through several new innovations and smart investments back into the business, Kohl’s has established itself as one to watch. I look forward to the opportunity to help contribute to their ongoing success.”

When Kohl’s announced the appointment of Gaffney they simultaneously announced the departure of Sona Chawla from her role as president at Kohl’s in mid-October to pursue new opportunities.

“I want to thank Sona for her partnership and leadership in helping to drive our business forward and setting us up for the future,” said Gass. “Amongst many contributions, Sona has been instrumental in our progress as a leading omnichannel retailer, driving innovation and growth across our digital business and stores, as well as providing leadership to our logistics strategy and long-term technology roadmap. Sona has been a key member of the Kohl’s leadership team, and we wish her great success in all that is ahead of her."