Target Corp. on Thursday named Don Liu executive vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel, effective Aug. 22.
Liu will oversee all legal, corporate governance and government affairs matters for the company. He will report to chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell and serve as a member of Target’s leadership team.
Liu, 55, joins Target from Xerox Corp., where he served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary since 2007. In that role, he was responsible for all of Xerox’s legal and government affairs matters. Prior to Xerox, Liu was senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Toll Brothers Inc., and before that, senior vice president and general counsel for Ikon Office Solutions.
Liu has extensive professional affiliations, including as a member and former chairman of the board of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the former chair of the in-house counsel committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Liu succeeds Tim Baer, who will retire in July 2017 after 23 years at Target. Baer will serve in an advisory role for the next 12 months, supporting Liu’s transition to Target.
“Tim’s leadership has been integral to Target’s success and we are grateful for his years of service,” Cornell said. “In all his years with the company, Tim has been a true guardian of the Target brand, bringing a sharp legal mind and rock-solid judgement to every challenge. He was a trusted voice on our leadership team, managing and mitigating issues and influencing our business during a time of intense change. He also developed a strong team of in-house legal talent and was a respected adviser to our board of directors.
“As Tim transitions to retirement, I look forward to welcoming Don to our team,” Cornell added. “His extensive legal expertise as well as his deep business acumen will help us continue to navigate the increasingly complex business environment with the highest standards of ethics and integrity. I know Don will be an excellent addition to our leadership team.”