When Juan Galarraga moved to Miami from Venezuela at age 18 to attend college, he couldn't have predicted that 15 years later he'd go from having a part-time job at Target (NYSE:TGT) to VP of store supply chain. He's one of the rare top executives who has entry-level experience at the company, an advantage that has helped mold him.
"After 12 years in the stores and then coming to HQ in a leadership role, I feel like I keep this in mind and have the chance to pass it on to other ambitious people," said Galarraga. "Having the credibility of having done entry-level work is an asset. I used to execute best practices; now I write best practices." Story.