2017 Forum Speakers

Brian Cornell

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Target Corporation
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Brian Cornell is board chairman and CEO of Target Corp. He is responsible for Target’s global business, including more than 1,800 U.S. stores and Target.com, more than 341,000 team members and millions of guests. Cornell leads the retailer’s executive leadership team in accelerating Target’s performance, advancing its digital evolution and delivering on its “Expect More. Pay Less.” promise. Cornell joined Target in August 2014 after more than 30 years in escalating leadership positions at leading retail and global consumer product companies, including three CEO roles. 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 Yum! Brands since September 2015 and is a past director of Polaris Industries Inc. He also serves on the board for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Catalyst and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Cornell joined the board of The Consumer Goods Forum in November 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 1981 and attended Anderson School of Management.