Target has named Christina Hennington as executive vice president and chief growth officer, a new position for the company

Target has named Christina Hennington as executive vice president and chief growth officer, a new position for the company

US department store retailer Target Corp., has outlined a number of changes across its executive leadership team, including the addition of a chief growth officer. 

The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company has appointed Christina Hennington to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief growth officer. Hennington will have oversight of merchandising, including Target's best-in-class product design and global sourcing organisations, as well as an enterprise strategy, insights and innovation.

As chief growth officer, she will work across Target's organisation to identify and pursue revenue-generating strategies that deepen the company's relevancy with current and prospective guests and reinforce its stronghold as a leading US retailer.

With Hennington stepping into this new role, Jill Sando will now lead buying for all of Target's hardlines and softlines product categories, as the company's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Sando will report to Hennington and remain a member of Target's executive leadership team.

Meanwhile, Cara Sylvester has been promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing and digital officer. She will be responsible for deepening affinity for the Target brand across all platforms, furthering the company's popular loyalty programme and in-house media company, and fueling continued digital growth for the retailer.

In addition, Katie Boylan has been promoted to executive vice president and chief communications officer, while Rick Gomez has been named executive vice president and chief food and beverage officer.

"At the core of Target's success is the most talented team in retail," said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, Target. "The depth of expertise across Target's leadership team, in particular, has been a critical driver in Target's winning strategy and the excellence of our operations. The changes we're announcing create new opportunities for key leaders to bring their knowledge and experiences to different areas of the business. I'm confident these moves will drive Target's position as a best-in-class retailer today and well into the future." 

In its most recent earnings statement, Target said comparable sales grew 17.2% in the combined November/December period compared with last year, reflecting comparable store sales growth of 4.2% and comparable digital sales growth of 102%. The company continued to gain market share in all five of its core merchandise categories, with sales growth strongest in home and hardlines. Apparel delivered comparable sales growth in the high-single-digit range.