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Target Names Shekar Natarajan SVP, Network Planning, Operational Design

Target Corp. has hired Shekar Natarajan for the newly created position of SVP, network planning and operational design, effective Nov. 20. Natarajan will report to Arthur Valdez, Target’s EVP and chief supply chain and logistics officer.

In his new role, Natarajan will oversee the design of Target’s direct-to-store and direct-to-guest supply chain network, in addition to the use of new automation and other technologies to improve speed, accuracy and efficiency.

Bringing more than 15 years of experience in supply chain innovation and global transformation to Target, Natarajan has held leadership roles at Walmart, Walt Disney Co., Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo. His most recent position was VP of last-mile operations, emerging sciences and operational excellence at Walmart.

“At Target, we are laser-focused on delivering our guests the products they want quickly, accurately and efficiently,” said Valdez. “Under Shekar’s leadership, I’m confident we’ll be better positioned to deliver with improved speed and precision. Additionally, his experience and skills in future-state supply chain network planning will be a tremendous asset as we further develop our capabilities for the future.”

Natarajan will be based in the retailer’s Sunnyvale, Calif., office.

Minneapolis-based Target operates 1,802 stores and

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