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Target tabs Mark Tritton as chief merchant

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MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. announced on Tuesday that Mark Tritton is joining the company as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Tritton will oversee enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy, and merchandising transformation and operations, according to the company.


Mark Tritton

Target also announced that Jason Goldberger is assuming the newly created role of chief digital officer and president of Both Tritton and Goldberger will begin in their new roles on June 5 and will report to Target’s chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell, as members of the retailer’s leadership team.

“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,” Cornell said of Tritton. “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.”

Declared Tritton, “I’m proud to be joining Target, a brand that I’ve long studied and admired. “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.”

Tritton joins Target from Nordstrom, where he was executive vice president and president of Nordstrom Product Group, overseeing the merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and omnichannel distribution of more than 50 private label brands across Nordstrom’s full-price and off-price retail portfolio, Target noted in a statement. During his tenure with the company, Tritton 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.

Jason Goldberger

Jason Goldberger

Goldberger will be responsible for enhancing Target’s digital experiences and developing new digital capabilities, according to the company statement.

“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,” commented Goldberger.

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