Target Hires Nordstrom Veteran as Merchandising Chief

Target Corp. said Tuesday it hired Nordstrom Inc. veteran Mark Tritton as its chief merchandising offer starting next month, ending a nearly yearlong search as the discount chain reshapes its business.

The move comes as Chief Executive Brian Cornell, who took the helm in 2014, works to reshape his executive ranks, improve Target's online business, spruce up stores and improve its offerings to attract more shoppers.

Mr. Tritton succeeds Kathryn "Kathee" Tesija, who relinquished the role in July of last year after more than 30 years with the retailer. That decision removed an executive who helped Target build its coveted Tar-zhay reputation but also held influential roles during years in which many investors and insiders felt the discounter had lost its way.

At Nordstrom, Mr. Tritton headed up its product group, overseeing the merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of the department-store operator's private label brands. His previous experience includes leadership roles with Timberland and Nike.

The company also appointed Jason Goldberger to the new role of chief digital officer.

Mr. Goldberger, who has been with Target since 2013, was named president of and mobile the following year. His previous experience includes leadership roles at online retailers such as Gilt Groupe, and Amazon.

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