Introducing The Visionary 2022: Target CEO Brian Cornell

Cornell will be celebrated at the NRF Foundation Honors
By Lottie Watts
Published Sep 14, 2021

Target Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell will receive The Visionary award from the National Retail Federation at the NRF Foundation Honors in January.

"Years of bold investments in our strategy and capabilities have enabled our team to meet the needs of American consumers in any environment, including through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic,” Cornell says. “I couldn’t be more grateful to NRF for recognizing how Target’s 350,000 team members are putting our purpose and values, our unique business strengths, and our size and scale to work for all families, as we drive toward better outcomes for all people and the planet.”

For more than 100 years, NRF has recognized an individual who has served the retail industry with distinction throughout their career and driven positive change for the industry.

“Brian Cornell’s purpose-driven leadership and strategic vision reflect an unwavering commitment to his team, and a keen ability to cut through the noise and truly understand what American families want and need,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “He is an inspiring and innovative leader committed to making a positive impact inside and outside his company. His career and servant leadership are exemplary of why The Visionary award was created.” 

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Past recipients of The Visionary include Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass; Nike Chairman, President and CEO Mark Parker; Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon; and Levi Strauss & Co. President and CEO Chip Bergh. 

In addition to celebrating The Visionary, the Honors on Jan. 16 in New York City will recognize The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, a community partner making an impact with the NRF Foundation’s retail skills training program and the recipients of the NRF Foundation’s undergraduate scholarships.  

The Honors is NRF Foundation’s biggest stage for telling the story of how retail builds extraordinary careers and largest fundraiser. Since 2015, the event has raised the funds needed to provide life-changing resources to people of all backgrounds.

Join retail’s most influential leaders and help the NRF Foundation continue to connect people to the industry that’s a great place to start and a great place to grow. Secure your spot at the NRF Foundation Honors now.  

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