Target's Chief Digital Officer Suddenly Departs
Jason Goldberger, Target’s chief digital officer, has left the company in a sudden shakeup at the Minneapolis-based retailer. Goldberger’s responsibilities will be divided up between Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara and Mike Triton, chief marketing officer. Goldberger is the second high-profile executive to leave Target this month. Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Jones abruptly resigned earlier this month to join Uber.
Total Retail's Take: While digital is a growing part of Target's business, apparently it wasn't growing quickly enough. While sales through the digital channel did grow 16 percent in the second quarter this year, that's compared to 30 percent growth for the same period the year before. Couple that with the well-publicized Lilly Pulitzer fiasco, and perhaps Target CEO Brian Cornell thought it was time for a change in leadership. To be clear, the reasons for Goldberger’s departure or whose decision it was aren't yet known.
Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.