Brian C. Cornell

Chair & CEO, Target Corporation


Brian C. Cornell has served as Chair & Chief Executive Officer of Target Corporation since August 2014. Mr. Cornell previously served as Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Americas Foods, a division of PepsiCo, Inc.  

Skills and qualifications

Mr. Cornell provides the Board with significant retail knowledge that support his leadership of Target, its business needs, and the different skills required to meet those needs, including retail industry experience, senior leadership, marketing / brands, human capital management, capital deployment, global supply chain, digital tools / data analytics, information security / data privacy, financial management, risk management, reputation management, and environmental, social, and governance. Those skills were developed through his more than 30 years in escalating leadership positions at leading retail and global consumer product companies, including three CEO roles and more than two decades doing business in North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. His experience, which includes roles with PepsiCo, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Stores, Safeway Inc., and Michaels Stores, Inc., provides important perspectives, having served both as a vendor partner and a competitor to Target. He currently serves on the National Retail Federation’s executive committee and on The Business Council and previously served as chairman of the Retail Industry Leadership Association. In addition, his service on other public company boards, including experience as a non-executive board chair, has enhanced his skills and strengthens the Board’s collective oversight capability. He also has experience with the roles and responsibilities of different board committees through current or prior service on the audit, compensation, nominating and governance, executive and finance, infrastructure, and technology committees of other public company boards. 

Other public company boards

Current Within past five years Other past boards
Yum! Brands, Inc. 


The Home Depot, Inc. 

OfficeMax Inc. 

Polaris Industries Inc.


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