For More From Target CEO Brian Cornell
A true retail success story during the pandemic, Target has made its stores the center of its omnichannel strategy. Learn how the company is using its nationwide footprint to not only drive growth, but also have a positive impact on both its society and sustainability goals, in a conversation between Target CEO Brian Cornell and NRF president/CEO Matthew Shay, during "The Visionary 2022: A conversation with Target CEO Brian Cornell" at the NRF Big Show 2022.
Past recipients include Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass; Nike chairman, president and CEO Mark Parker; Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon; and Levi Strauss & Co. president and CEO Chip Bergh.
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“Years of bold investments in our strategy and capabilities have enabled our team to meet the needs of American consumers in any environment, including through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic,” Cornell said. “I couldn’t be more grateful to NRF for recognizing how Target’s 350,000 team members are putting our purpose and values, our unique business strengths, and our size and scale to work for all families, as we drive toward better outcomes for all people and the planet.”
Cornell will also be featured as a keynote speaker at NRF’s 110th annual convention, NRF 2022: Retail’s Big Show. Nearly 30,000 retailers, vendors and industry leaders from countries around the world will gather in-person in New York City January 16-18 to showcase the next chapter of retail.
Cornell joined Target in 2014 as chairman and CEO. He leads the organization’s global business, including the company’s more than 1,900 U.S. stores, digital properties, supply chain and sourcing operations. During his tenure, he has established a strategic direction that builds on Target’s strengths as a multicategory mass merchandiser with a reputation for its shopping experience, design expertise, brand curation and brand development. Cornell and his team have invested heavily in digital, data and supply chain capabilities, placing the company’s fleet of stores at the center both of physical shopping and digital fulfillment, and solidifying Target’s position as one of today’s leading retailers. He has also spearheaded ongoing investments in wages, benefits, training and development, and diverse and equitable representation for the Target team.
Prior to Target, Cornell spent more than 30 years in leadership positions at leading retail and consumer-product companies. Past roles include CEO of renowned brands including Michaels, Sam's Club and PepsiCo Americas Foods, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, and chief marketing officer at Safeway Inc.
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