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Target Canada Names Mark Schindele as President

Tony Fisher, the former president of the division, has left the company.

Target Corp. has named Mark Schindele president of Target Canada, effective immediately.

This story first appeared in the May 21, 2014 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Tony Fisher, the former president of the division, has left the company.

Schindele, a 15-year veteran of Target, had been a senior vice president for merchandising operations. According to the company, he has been integral in launching new store formats: PFresh, CityTarget and Target Express.

John Mulligan, Target’s interim chief executive officer, said, “One of our key priorities is improving performance in Canada more rapidly, and we believe it is important to be aggressive.”

Target said it will also be naming a non-executive chair in Canada, a newly created advisory role.

The move was part of other leadership changes at Target. In the U.S., Trish Adams has been promoted to executive vice president, apparel and home, while José Barra has been promoted to executive vice president for essentials and home. Keri Jones was promoted to executive vice president for merchandise planning and operations.

The management changes follow the ouster of Target chairman and ceo Gregg Steinhafel as a result of the mass retailer’s struggles over the last few years, including the poor performance of its Canadian operations and the data breach that impacted millions of consumers last holiday shopping season.