Brian Cornell is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Target Corporation. He is responsible for Target’s global business, including more than 1,900 stores in the US and Canada and Target.com, more than 361,000 team members and millions of guests. Cornell leads the retailer’s eight-person executive leadership team in accelerating Target’s performance, advancing its digital evolution and delivering on its Expect More. Pay Less. promise to guests.
Cornell joined Target in August 2014 after serving for 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 Canada, Asia, Europe and Latin America. His past experience includes time as both a vendor partner and a competitor to Target, and he brings insights from those roles to the company today.
Cornell has served on the board of directors for Polaris Industries, Inc. since 2012, and is a past director for several other public companies. He currently serves on the board of directors for the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors, providing strategic guidance to the dean in advancing the school’s mission.
Cornell earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of California Los Angeles in 1981 and attended UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.