Target Corporation named Michael Fiddelke as chief operating officer, effective February 4. He has worked as the retailer’s chief financial officer since November 2019. Until his replacement is named, Fiddelke will continue as chief financial officer for the company. 

As chief operating officer, Fiddelke will oversee the retailer’s nearly 2,000 stores, its global supply chain network, fulfillment services, including same-day delivery with Shipt, network capacity planning, enterprise operations, the teams responsible for building and remodeling Target stores and other facilities, and flight services.

“With his 20 years with the company, spanning roles across our business and most recently as our chief financial officer, Michael brings a diverse set of experiences and an end-to-end view of our business that will benefit Target and our continued growth well into the future. I look forward to working alongside him as our new chief operating officer and appreciate his ongoing commitment as chief financial officer until his successor is named,” said Brian Cornell, chair and CEO of the Target Corporation.

“I started with Target as an intern 20 years ago, and right away, I knew I was joining a special company,” offered Fiddelke. “With each position I’ve held across the organization, my appreciation for Target and the role we play in guests’ lives has only grown. Every time I walk into a store or collect my Target order from Drive Up or my doorstep, I know there’s a team hard at work making the magic happen—for me and millions of others across the country. Operations are at the heart of how we serve our guests, and I’m looking forward to spending even more time with our team members in the field as we build for the future.”

Fiddelke started his career as a consultant with Deloitte. He then attended Kellogg School of Management, earning his MBA and joining Target as an intern in 2003. Since then, he has held various leadership positions across the organization, including finance, merchandising, human resources, and store operations. Before he was appointed chief financial officer, he was the senior vice president of operations, leading cross-functional enterprise initiatives across merchandising, supply chain, stores, and guest experience.

Target also announced the upcoming retirement of chief legal and compliance officer Don Liu. The company started a search for Liu’s backfill and expects to share an update on his successor later this year when Liu will transition to a strategic advisor role with the company until 2025. 

Liu joined Target in 2016, previously as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Xerox Corp. Liu also held in-house legal leadership roles at Toll Brothers, Ikon Office Solutions and Aetna.

“Don has played a critical role as a member of our leadership team and a trusted advisor to many across the organization. We appreciate his support as we identify his successor and look forward to celebrating him as he nears his official retirement,” said Cornell.

“Over the past eight years, I’ve had the privilege of working with exceptional leaders and a talented legal affairs organization. My sincerest thanks to everyone at Target for the experiences and relationships that have shaped my time with the company, and I look forward to helping ensure a smooth transition upon my retirement,” said Liu.

The retailer also announced updates to its leadership in merchandising.

Rick Gomez, Target’s chief food and beverage officer, will oversee the retailer’s frequency categories as chief food, essentials and beauty officer. Gomez joined Target in 2013 and named to the company’s leadership team in 2017.

Jill Sando, chief merchandising officer, will oversee Target’s discretionary categories as chief merchandising officer of apparel and accessories, home, and hardlines. Sando began her career with Target in 1997 and joined its leadership team in 2020.

Gomez and Sando will continue reporting to Christina Hennington, Target’s chief growth officer.

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