Target Corp. has named Mike McNamara vice president and chief information officer.

McNamara will report to Target chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell. He succeeds Bob DeRodes, who is retiring.

DeRodes, a 40-year information technology veteran, joined Target last spring to focus on enhancing the retailer’s data security and technology infrastructure. In 2013, between Nov. 27 to Dec. 15, the discounter’s U.S. stores were the target of a data breach in which about 40 million Target customer accounts — both credit and debit — were stolen by hackers.

Cornell said, “Technology is critical for Target’s future success. So finding the right leader for this role was one of my absolute top priorities.”

McNamara will join Target from U.K.-based Tesco PLC, where he became the supermarket chain’s CIO in 2011. He was at Tesco for more than 15 years.

While there, McNamara worked on the modernization and advancement of Tesco’s IT and supply chain worldwide, which helped the retailer become an e-commerce pioneer and one of the world’s largest online grocers. Under his leadership, Tesco initiated in-store capabilities such as “scan-as-you-shop,” as well as the beginning of the company’s innovation lab.

Target said in his new position, he will have oversight for the discounter’s technology team and operations, including information security. He will also help shape enterprise strategy, the retailer said.

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