Tritton will have oversight of the company’s buying, product design and development, sourcing, and store displays.
Target hired Tritton after a yearlong search. He succeeds Kathee Tesija, a Target veteran who spent seven years in the top merchandising role. Tritton, a native of Australia, was most recently executive vice president and president of Nordstrom Product Group, where he oversaw the company’s private label brands. Previously, he held executive positions at Timberland and Nike.
“Over the past year, we’ve undergone an exhaustive search for a chief merchant, and I’m confident that Mark’s experience and passion make him the right fit for Target’s business and our team,” Brian Cornell, Target’s chairman and chief executive officer, said of Tritton. “He’s a bold, decisive leader, and he’ll 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.”
Tritton said he is proud to join Target, a brand he has long studied. “The retail landscape and consumer expectations have never been more dynamic, and I look forward to leading and supporting the team as we find new ways to innovate, inspire and connect with our current and future guests,” he said.