Target adds logistics vet Natarajan

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MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has hired former Walmart executive Shekar Natarajan for the newly created role of senior vice president, network planning and operational design, with oversight of Target’s direct-to-store and direct-to-customer shipping operations.

Natarajan will join Target on November 20 and work out of its offices in Sunnyvale, Calif. He will report to Arthur Valdez, Target’s executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer.

“At Target, we are laser-focused on delivering our guests the products they want quickly, accurately and efficiently,” Valdez commented. “Under Shekar’s leadership, I’m confident we’ll be better positioned to deliver with improved speed and precision. Additionally, his experience and skills in future-state supply chain network planning will be a tremendous asset as we further develop our capabilities for the future.”

Natarajan has more than 15 years of experience in supply chain innovation and global transformation, most recently as vice president of Walmart’s last-mile operations, emerging sciences and operational excellence, Target said in a statement on Monday. Natarajan has also held leadership roles at Walt Disney Co., Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo.

“I’m thrilled to join Target, and I look forward to working with Arthur and the team,” Natarajan remarked. “Target is a brand I’ve long admired, and I’m excited to build on the supply chain foundation the team has already established as we look ahead to what more we can create for the future.”


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