Target CEO Resigns Over Fallout from Holiday Data Breach

On Monday morning, Minneapolis-based retail chain, Target announced that their CEO, Gregg Steinhafel (PeekYou profile here) had resigned, effective immediately.

Target’s board said the resignation of Mr. Steinhafel, a 35-year veteran of the company and CEO since 2008, occurred after lengthy deliberation that found the board determining they wanted new leadership. This announcement comes during a time of great transition and turmoil within the company, as it struggles to recover from the extensive data breach of customer information that happened late last year; as well as inventory issues, and some struggles justifying a recent increase in Canadian store locations.

Company CFO, John Mulligan, has been named as interim president and CEO. Roxanne Austin, a member of Target‘s board, has been named as interim non-executive chairperson. Both will serve until permanent replacements are named.

The New York Times goes into it all a bit more in depth here.

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