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Target names former Nordstrom exec as new head of merchandising

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A former Nordstrom executive will lead Target's merchandising.

The Minneapolis-based retailer announced Tuesday that Mark Tritton will be the executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at the company.

Tritton will oversee enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy, and merchandising transformation and operations for Target.

CEO Brian Cornell said Tritton is a "bold, decisive leader" who will 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."

The retailer had been looking to fill the chief merchandising officer position since last summer, when Kathryn Tesija announced she'd be leaving the company as Target reshapes the way it does business. Tritton will officially start at Target June 5, the release says.

Target also announced Jason Goldberger will be the chief digital officer and president of It's a newly created role aimed at enhancing the digital experience for Target shoppers.

Target has been emphasizing its digital experience as of late. And Goldberger, who's been with the retailer since 2013, says the company has made important gains.

"I will keep pushing ... so we can accelerate digital's role in making Target an easy, inspiring, convenient place to shop," Goldberger said in the release.

In a Q&A on Target's corporate blog, Tritton said digital "has never been more important for retailers," noting "you have to be willing to constantly evolve" to "win with your guest."

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