Top Target merchandising exec exits

Jose Barra, former exec-VP of merchandising, is "no longer with Target," a Target spokesperson told FierceRetail. Barra was just promoted from senior VP to exec-VP in May 2014 and has been with Target for over a decade.

Target's merchandising department is slowly, but steadily, experiencing a complete transformation.

Most notably, 30-year Target veteran and former chief merchandising and supply chain officer, Kathee Tesija, stepped down. She still holds an advisory role, but an executive search to find her replacement is underway.

Barra has led various merchandising divisions at Target, including pharmacy and over-the-counter; housewares; and healthcare, beauty and personal care.

These departments are also undergoing change, especially with CVS Health's acquisition of all Target pharmacies and clinics, described as a "strategic shift" in the business model by Target's CEO Brian Cornell.

Another recent strategic move by Target was adding two former CEOs, one from Safeway and the other from Clorox, to its board of directors last week.

Barra's future plans are unclear as his LinkedIn profile still lists Target as his employer. 

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