Target adds another Amazon vet

Target (NYSE:TGT) has added another former Amazon executive with the appointment of Preston Mosier as senior VP, fulfillment operations.

Mosier will oversee Target's direct-to-consumer fulfillment centers, as well as the process improvement, customer experience and product management functions related to direct fulfillment, according to the company. He will report to Target's exec-VP and chief supply chain and logistics officer, Arthur Valdez.

Valdez joined Target after 16 years with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) in February, but his defection did not sit well with his former employer. Amazon sued to enforce a noncompete clause, athough the issue has since been settled, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Rosier spent 10 years in various leadership positions at Amazon building direct-delivery capabilities within a growing, large-scale operation. But he won't be joining Target directly from Amazon: He spent the past four years with Liquidity Services as VP of operations and worked with large technology and retail companies on a global scale.

"A top priority for our guests is to get what they ordered quickly, accurately and without hassle," Valdez said in a statement. "Target already has a strong operation to move product in bulk to stores, so bringing the online fulfillment function under a specialized leader will enhance our direct-to-guest operation. Preston's experience using technology and data to deliver smaller packages directly to consumers will help us continue building capabilities that will put product in guests' hands even faster."

Target has been building its fulfillment network and capabilities, shipping online orders to stores for pickup and using stores to pick and pack orders for e-commerce purchases.

For more:
- see this Target press release
- see this Star Tribune story