Brian Cornell

Brian Cornell
Board Chairman and CEO
Target Corp.
Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell heads the dynamic global team behind Target, a leading omnichannel growth company in American retail. Minneapolis-based Target has more than 1,900 stores covering all 50 U.S. states, a headquarters location in India and global supply chain and sourcing offices. Together, Target’s purpose-driven team of more than 350,000 works daily to help all families discover the joy of everyday life.

Brian joined Target in 2014 and established a strategic direction that built on the company’s strengths as a multicategory mass merchandiser with an excellent reputation for its shopping experience, design expertise and brand curation and development. Brian and team made enormous investments that placed Target’s stores at the center of physical shopping and digital fulfillment. This and the 2017 acquisition of Shipt catapulted Target into a leadership position in same-day fulfillment, driving the strongest growth trends in company history.

At the same time, Brian spearheaded vast investments in wages, benefits, team training and development, diverse and equitable representation, and a culture that helps all team members care, grow and win together.

Prior to Target, Brian spent more than 30 years in leadership positions at leading retail and consumer-product companies, including Chief Marketing Officer at Safeway Inc. and CEO at Michaels, Sam’s Club and PepsiCo Americas Foods.

Brian serves on the National Retail Federation’s executive committee and on The Business Council. He is non-executive chairman of the board for Yum! Brands and immediate past-chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). Previously he served as a director for The Home Depot and Polaris Industries. A career-long advocate of diversity and inclusion, Brian is a board member for Catalyst and served on the Council for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Speaking in:

January 16
8:45 am9:15 am
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
Under Brian Cornell’s leadership, Target is creating spectacular growth. Cornell’s vision includes a strategy with stores at the center of Target’s omnichannel platform and same-day digital fulfillment leadership. He also led outsized investments in team member pay, benefits and wellbeing, a curated assortment and more. Now, Cornell and his team are stepping up to even bigger challenges. In this… Read more