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Target taps Nordstrom vet as chief merchant

Target Corp. on Tuesday announced two high-profile executive appointments: Mark Tritton as EVP and chief merchandising officer, and Jason Goldberger named chief digital officer in addition to his current role as president of

Both Tritton and Goldberger will report directly to CEO Brian Cornell and assume their roles on June 5. 

Tritton will oversee enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy, and merchandising transformation and operations for the retailer. He fills a role last held by Kathee Tesija, who left Target nearly a year ago.

Tritton joins Target from Nordstrom, where he was EVP and president of Nordstrom Product Group, overseeing the merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and omni-channel distribution of more than 50 private label brands across Nordstrom’s full-price and off-price retail portfolio. During his tenure with the company, he led his team to double its private label business, created distinct brand assets and helped establish Nordstrom as a global benchmark for retailers taking an integrated approach to stores and digital merchandising. Prior to that, Tritton held leadership positions at Timberland and Nike, where he helped build both brands and expand them across global regions and channels in product and retail functions. 

“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,” Cornell said in a statement.


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“I’m proud to be joining Target, a brand that I’ve long studied and admired,”  Tritton said. “The retail landscape and consumer expectations have never been more dynamic, and I look forward to leading and supporting the team as we find new ways to innovate, inspire and connect with our current and future guests.”

In a newly created role as chief digital officer, Goldberger will be responsible for enhancing Target’s digital experiences and developing new digital capabilities, the company said. “Target’s improved performance and results in digital show the important gains we’ve made, but we know we need to continue building on that momentum. In my new role, I will keep pushing our strategy and capabilities so we can accelerate digital’s role in making Target an easy, inspiring, convenient place to shop,”  Goldberger said

Goldberger joined Target in 2013. He was named president, and mobile in 2014. Prior to his role at Target, Goldberger held leadership positions with online retailers, including Gilt Groupe, and Amazon.

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