Last-mile delivery company Shipt has named Kamau Witherspoon as its new CEO, effective March 1, 2022. Witherspoon will replace Kelly Caruso, who has led the company since early 2019 and who will remain in an advisory capacity during the transition period.
Witherspoon has extensive experience in high-growth industries, most recently with Shipt parent company Target as the retailer’s SVP of Operations. In that role he was responsible for operational planning and prioritization, partner operations, M&A integration and process improvement initiatives across supply chain, stores and properties. Witherspoon also has held top operations posts at United Healthcare and the KFC U.S. division of Yum! Brands.
“Kamau’s vast experience leading teams and operations at scale will help drive Shipt’s continued growth and deepen the commitment to its team, partners, customers and shoppers,” said John Mulligan, Shipt board chairman and Target COO in a statement. “Under Kelly’s strategic leadership, Shipt has experienced more growth than at any point in its history by bringing a personalized shopping experience to millions more U.S. families. Kamau’s operational expertise and vision for the future will build on Shipt’s momentum as an innovative last-mile company.”
Shipt was acquired by Target in late 2017 and is run independently in Birmingham, Ala. The company has grown from serving dozens of markets to reaching nearly 300 metropolitan areas nationwide. Since 2020, Shipt has tripled its network of shoppers and doubled its number of retail partners, which include Rite Aid, CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond and GNC.