Target Taps Nordstrom Exec To Fill Chief Merchandising Officer Role


Target’s year-long search for a Chief Merchandising Officer is finally over. The retailer has hired Mark Tritton to take on the role. Tritton will be responsible for overseeing enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising, and merchandising transformation and operations for the retailer.

Target has been trying to reshape its business over the last few months. Chief Executive Brian Cornell has been working to improve the retailer’s online business and offerings to attract shoppers. To that end, Target has appointed Jason Goldberger to the new post of Chief Digital Officer and President of Goldberger will be responsible for enhancing Target’s digital experience and developing new digital capabilities. Both Goldberger and Tritton will report to Cornell.

Tritton succeeds Kathee Tesija, who held the CMO role for seven years before stepping down in June 2015. The retailer has been searching for a candidate to fill the role since.


Prior to joining Target’s merchandising team, Tritton was the Executive VP and President of Nordstrom Product Group, where he oversaw the merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and omnichannel distribution of more than 50 private label brands across the department store’s retail portfolio. He has also held leadership roles at Timberland and Nike.

“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,” said Cornell in a statement. “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.”

The new members of the executive team join recent hire Arthur Valdez, Executive VP, Supply Chain and Logistics Officer.

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