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Target Finally Fills Merchandising Role With Former Nordstrom Exec

Target has boosted its merchant team with a new hire.

The big-box retailer on Tuesday announced that Mark Tritton, formerly an executive vice president and president of Nordstrom Product Group, would step into the role of executive vice president and chief merchandising officer on June 5.

The position has been vacant since Kathryn Tesija shifted to an advisory role last July after seven years on the job.

“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,” Brian Cornell, Target’s chairman and chief executive officer, said 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.”

Starting next month, Tritton will oversee enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy and merchandising transformation and operations for the retailer. Prior to Nordstrom, he held leadership positions at Timberland and Nike.

“I’m proud to be joining Target, a brand that I’ve long studied and admired,” Tritton shared. “The retail landscape and consumer expectations have never been more dynamic and I look forward to leading and supporting the team as we find new ways to innovate, inspire and connect with our current and future guests.”

Target also announced that Jason Goldberger would become its chief digital officer and president of Target.com. In this newly create role, Goldberger will be responsible for enhancing the retailer’s digital experiences and developing new capabilities. He joined Target in 2013 and was named president of Target.com and mobile the following year.

“Target’s improved performance and results in digital show the important gains we’ve made, but we know we need to continue building on that momentum. In my new role, I will keep pushing our strategy and capabilities so we can accelerate digital’s role in making Target an easy, inspiring, convenient place to shop,” Goldberger said.

Target will release its first quarter results on Wednesday. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters are predicting earnings per share at $1.20, a 9 percent increase over the year-ago earnings.