Target recruits Facebook exec for technology infrastructure, operations role
Target Corporation has named former Facebook exec Hari Govind as senior vice president of infrastructure and operations for the company's technology team, effective this month.
In the role, Govind will oversee cloud-and-compute capabilities, network connectivity and operations for the technology that powers Target's stores, digital channels, distribution centers and office locations, according to a press release. He will report to Mike McNamara, Target's executive vice president and chief information officer.
Govind has more than 20 years of experience leading engineering and product management teams, and brings deep expertise in social media, e-commerce, digital advertising, search and cloud infrastructure.
He joins Target from Facebook, where he was the group manager on the infrastructure team, leading strategy and execution to help scale platforms for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus. Previously, Govind worked at Microsoft and Honeywell International, an American multinational conglomerate company. In addition, he has led teams building platform capabilities for Bing, as well as retail and supply chain systems for Xbox.
"Technology is more critical than ever in retail, and Target's team has made tremendous progress building great technology for our guests and store team members," said McNamara.
"Bringing in an executive with [Govind’s] technical and leadership abilities marks another important step in our journey to create exceptional shopping experiences that redefine what technology can do in retail. I'm confident that [Govind’s] leadership will help us make shopping at Target even easier and more convenient for our guests."
Target currently operates over 1,850 stores, with 3,000 engineers and 350,000 team members worldwide.
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