Target (NYSE:TGT) has named former Nordstrom executive Mark Tritton as exec-VP, president and chief merchandising officer focused on product design and sourcing.
It's the culmination of a yearlong search, and the appointment fills the final slot in CEO Brian Cornell's executive team.
The company also said that Jason Goldberger would take on the newly created role of chief digital officer and president of Target.com.
Tritton will oversee enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy, and merchandising transformation and operations for for Target, according to a company statement.
It's a critical role as Target builds on new merchandising initiatives in stores and grows proprietary product assortment.
"Target has a clear strategy in place, and that strategy is working," said Tritton on the retailer's blog. "My first task is to listen and learn. Then, it's off to the races and I plan to work with the team to identify new ways to engage and inspire our guests, further igniting the power of this iconic brand."
He joins Target from Nordstrom, where he was exec-VP and president of Nordstrom Product Group, and oversaw the more than 50 private-label brands across Nordstrom's full-price and off-price retail portfolio.
"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. 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," said Cornell.
Triton starts June 5 and succeeds Kathee Tesija, who retired after 29 years with Target and seven as its chief merchant.
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