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Target announces leadership changes in U.S., Canada

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced on Tuesday a number of leadership changes in the United States and Canada designed to further the company’s efforts to drive U.S. traffic and sales, improve its Canadian operations and advance its ongoing digital transformation.

Effective immediately, Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada, will depart the company. Mark Schindele, SVP, merchandising operations, will assume the role of president, Target Canada.

Mark Schindele

In this position, Schindele will report to Kathee Tesija, chief merchandising and supply chain officer, whose responsibilities include Target Canada.

Schindele brings 22 years of retail experience, including 15 years at Target, to the position. During his Target tenure, he has played an integral role in launching new store formats, including PFresh, CityTarget, and Target Express. He has also enhanced Target’s guest insights and analytics capabilities and led multiple business categories and vendor partnerships. In his current role, he leads a global team and provides senior-level oversight to Target’s merchandising operations, including systems, global sourcing, and product development, the company stated.

“We are grateful to Tony for leading Target’s first international launch. One of our key priorities is improving performance in Canada more rapidly and we believe it is important to be aggressive. We have a committed team who is focused on delivering an outstanding shopping experience to our Canadian guests and getting our performance on track,” stated John Mulligan, Target’s interim president and CEO. “Mark’s broad understanding of the retail industry and his record of leading global operations will help accelerate efforts to drive improvements across our Canadian business.”

Schindele will join the Target Canada leadership team, which includes:

  • Janna Adair Potts, SVP, stores and distribution
  • John Butcher, SVP, merchandising
  • Livia Zufferli, VP, marketing
  • Tiffany Monroe, VP, human resources
  • Mark Wong, general counsel

Target will also be naming a non-executive chair in Canada. In this newly created advisory role, the non-executive chair will provide counsel and support to the president of Target Canada to ensure all strategies and tactics align with the Canadian marketplace.

In the United States, Target is elevating three senior merchandising leaders and realigning the team to better leverage functional expertise as the company focuses on driving improved performance.

  • Trish Adams has been promoted to EVP, apparel and home
  • Jose Barra has been promoted to EVP, essentials and hardlines
  • Keri Jones has been promoted to EVP, merchandising planning and operations

“Moving more quickly to bring bold, innovative ideas to the marketplace will help us connect with our guests in more meaningful ways. By realigning the merchandising team we can better leverage our senior-level leaders, be more agile and deliver for our guests with a greater sense of urgency,” stated Tesija.
 

 

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Target’s EVP property development to retire

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced that John Griffith, EVP property development, will retire on May 31.

Griffith joined Target in 1999 and played an instrumental role in growing Target’s store count from 912 stores in 1999 to more than 1,900 stores today. He also helped develop new store prototypes and formats including PFresh, CityTarget and Target Express, and designed and developed Target’s headquarters buildings worldwide, including India and Canada.

“John had a tremendous influence on Target during his 15 years with the company. The energy and enthusiasm he brought to his role helped Target expand our geographic footprint and create new store formats. Not only did John leave an impact on Target, but his passion for the Twin Cities and dedication to the preservation and enhancement of downtown Minneapolis, will be felt for years to come,” said John Mulligan, Target’s interim president and CEO.

He has agreed to serve as a consultant on Target’s engagement with economic development organizations in the Minneapolis area.

 

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HCSC will begin covering FeNO testing

BY Ryan Chavis

SWEDEN — Aerocrine, a medical technology company with a focus on improving the treatment of patients with inflamed airways, announced that Health Care Services Corp. will begin covering fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) testing.

FeNo testing is used to diagnose and manage asthma. The new policy states FeNO testing may be considered medically necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma. The policy change now allows patients to be reimbursed for claims based on medical necessity.

“FeNO is an important addition to the management of many patients with asthma. It allows the presence of steroid responsive airway inflammation to be identified. FeNO testing helps clinicians prescribe the optimal medications and doses for their asthma patients which can improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. Neal Jain, MD, FAAAAI, FAAP.

Using routine FeNO testing to guide therapy — particularly inhaled corticosteroid therapy, the company said — has been shown to reduce asthma exacerbations by up to 50%.

"HCSC, spent many months reviewing the latest information available and thoroughly challenged the clinical utility and outcomes information. This is a very positive change that we hope will encourage other payers to review their FeNO coverage policies and provide coverage,” said Scott Myers, CEO, Aerocrine AB.  “We believe this change at HCSC will demonstrate to physicians that insurers support FeNO testing to improve clinical decision making, patient and health economic outcomes for asthma management.”

 

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