Skip navigation
Target promotes Mulligan to COO, taps Smith as CFO

Target promotes Mulligan to COO, taps Smith as CFO

Target Corp. on Monday said it was promoting John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and chief operating officer, effective Sept. 1.

Mulligan, currently Target’s CFO, will assume oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Joining Target as EVP and CFO will be Cathy Smith, a seasoned retail business leader. Both Mulligan and Smith will report to Target’s chairman and CEO, Brian Cornell.

John Mulligan
John Mulligan

“John has unparalleled expertise in Target’s business and I am very pleased that he will be assuming this new leadership position,” Cornell said. "Bringing together key operations functions under John will put Target on a more progressive path to transformation and help us break down barriers to deliver improvements across our business.

“As our new CFO, Cathy brings significant business and retail expertise to Target. Her background will be integral to accelerating our long-term growth strategy.”

Mulligan has worked at the Minneapolis-based company since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company’s CFO since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer’s interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Throughout his tenure at Target, Mulligan has served in key leadership positions in finance and human resources, including director of finance, director of capital investments, VP of pay and benefits, VP of financial planning and analysis and SVP of treasury and accounting.

“Integrating operations will help further fuel Target’s transformation and as COO, I’ll prioritize driving improvements in the fundamental areas of our business and equipping the team to move quickly. By working strategically across the enterprise, we will build on the critical capabilities that will fuel Target’s differentiation in the marketplace. Achieving operational excellence is foundational to Target’s long-term success,” said Mulligan.


Like the Supermarket News page for updates throughout the day.

Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts, a Fortune 20 company and the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager with $100 billion in revenue. She has also held CFO positions at Walmart International, GameStop, and others. Smith received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MBA from the University of Southern California.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the Target brand and the team behind it. I look forward to continuing Target’s strong record of financial management and playing an active role as Target makes gains on its long-term strategic plan,” said Smith.

As CFO at Target, Smith’s responsibilities will include treasury and tax; internal and external financial reporting and operations; financial planning and analysis; internal audit; investor relations; and Target’s financial and retail services business.

Suggested Categories More from Supermarket News
TAGS: News
Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.