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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 14A

 

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No. __)

 

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PROXY STATEMENT

AND NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. PDT

Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater | 615 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa, California 92626

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Fellow Shareholder,

 

We are providing the enclosed proxy materials in preparation for our 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. During the past year your Board has continued to make progress in overseeing management’s efforts to create long-term value and being responsive to shareholder input. In particular:

 

Four new independent directors have been added to the Board since our last Annual Meeting. These individuals, who are described in our proxy statement, bring considerable retail, consumer goods, and marketing expertise to the Board, and continue the Board’s long-standing commitment to diversity at the Board level.
   
The Board supported management’s recommendation to exit the direct operation of pharmacies in Target stores, and instead rely on a partner with a strong pharmacy brand to operate the in-store pharmacies. This allows management to focus capital and their time on growing sales in other categories, particularly Target’s Signature Categories: Style, Baby, Kids and Wellness.
   
The role of the Board’s Committees were refined, with two notable changes: (1) to further coordinate risk oversight activities among all Committees, we changed the composition of the Risk and Compliance Committee, which has primary risk oversight responsibility, to consist of the Chairs of all other Committees; and (2) created an Infrastructure and Investment Committee to provide more focused oversight of the company’s investments to grow long-term shareholder value—both in terms of where and how capital is being deployed.
   
In recognition of an emerging governance trend, the Board proactively amended the company’s bylaws to adopt a proxy access provision.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the shareholders with whom we have met over the last two years to discuss our compensation and governance practices. The input we obtained was invaluable in assisting the Board address a number of matters, including proxy access and the impact that our decision to exit the Canadian market had on our executive compensation program. Additional information on our Canadian exit decision is described in the Compensation Discussion & Analysis of this year’s and last year’s proxy statement.

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I invite you to attend Target Corporation’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The accompanying proxy statement and 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K contain information about:

 

The date, location, and time of the meeting.
   
Business matters on which you are encouraged to vote.
   
Governance and executive compensation disclosures, including the changes we made this past year in response to developments in our business and our continuing shareholder outreach efforts.
   
Our 2015 financial results.

 

We value your feedback and thank you for your continued support of Target.

 

 

Douglas M. Baker, Jr.

 

Lead Independent Director

 

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  Notice of 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater located at 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626

 

TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS

 

You are invited to attend Target Corporation’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater located at 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626 on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

 

PURPOSE

 

Shareholders will vote on the following items of business:

 

  1. Election of all 14 directors named in our proxy statement to our Board of Directors for the coming year;
  2. Ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm;
  3. Approval, on an advisory basis, of our executive compensation;
  4. The shareholder proposal contained in this proxy statement, if properly presented at the meeting; and
  5. Transaction of any other business properly brought before the meeting or any adjournment.

 

You may vote if you were a shareholder of record at the close of business on April 11, 2016. We hope you will be able to attend the Annual Meeting, but if you cannot do so, it is important that your shares be represented. If you plan to attend the meeting, please follow the instructions provided in Question 12 “How can I attend the Annual Meeting?” on page 71 of the proxy statement.

 

Following the formal business of the meeting, our Chairman and CEO will provide prepared remarks, followed by a question and answer session.

 

We urge you to read the proxy statement carefully, and to vote in accordance with the Board of Directors’ recommendations by telephone or Internet, or by signing, dating, and returning the enclosed proxy card in the postage-paid envelope provided, whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 Timothy R. Baer  
 Corporate Secretary Approximate Date of Mailing of Proxy Materials or
  Notice of Internet Availability:
  April 25, 2016

 

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Table of Contents

 

PROXY SUMMARY 8
   
NOTICE OF INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS 9
   
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 10
   
Corporate Governance Highlights 10
Our Directors 11
Board Leadership Structure 11
Management Evaluations and Succession Planning 12
Risk Oversight 12
Committees 13
Committee Composition and Leadership 14
Corporate Responsibility and Reputation 15
Board and Shareholder Meeting Attendance 15
Director Independence 15
Policy on Transactions with Related Persons 16
Business Ethics and Conduct 16
Communications with Directors and Shareholder Outreach 16
   
ITEM ONE  ELECTION OF DIRECTORS 17
   
Election and Nomination Process 17
Determining Board Composition 17
Board Evaluations and Refreshment 18
2016 Nominees for Director 19
   
STOCK OWNERSHIP INFORMATION 27
   
Stock Ownership Guidelines 27
Beneficial Ownership of Directors and Officers 29
Beneficial Ownership of Target’s Largest Shareholders 30
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance 30
   
HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT 31
   
COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS 31
   
Introduction 31
Executive Summary 32
Our Performance Framework for Executive Compensation 36
Other Benefit Elements 43
Compensation Governance 43

 

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COMPENSATION TABLES 47
   
Summary Compensation Table 47
Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal 2015 50
Outstanding Equity Awards at 2015 Fiscal Year-End 51
Option Exercises and Stock Vested in Fiscal 2015 53
Pension Benefits for Fiscal 2015 53
Nonqualified Deferred Compensation for Fiscal 2015 54
Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control 55
Table of Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control 56
Director Compensation 59
Equity Compensation Plan Information 62
Advances of Defense Costs for Certain Litigation Matters 62
   
OTHER VOTING ITEMS 63
   
Item Two Ratification of Appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm  63
Item Three Advisory Approval of Executive Compensation (Say on Pay) 65
Item Four Shareholder Proposal to Report on Criteria for Selecting Countries for Operations 66
     
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT OUR ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTING 68
   
APPENDIX A RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO GAAP MEASURES 75

 

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PROXY STATEMENT
Annual Meeting of Shareholders June 8, 2016

 

The Board of Directors of Target Corporation solicits the enclosed proxy for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, and for any adjournment thereof.

 

PROXY SUMMARY

 

This summary highlights information described in other parts of this proxy statement, and does not contain all of the information you should consider in voting. Please read the entire proxy statement carefully before voting.

 

TARGET 2016 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

June 8, 2016 Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater
9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time 615 Town Center Drive
  Costa Mesa, California 92626

 

ITEMS OF BUSINESS

 

  BOARD’S
ITEM RECOMMENDATION
Election of 14 Directors (page 17) FOR each Director Nominee
Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (page 63) FOR
Advisory Approval of Executive Compensation (page 65) FOR
Shareholder Proposal, if Properly Presented (pages 66-67) AGAINST

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT OUR ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTING

 

We encourage you to review the “Questions and Answers About Our Annual Meeting and Voting” beginning on page 68 for answers to common questions on the rules and procedures surrounding the proxy and annual meeting process, as well as the business to be conducted at our Annual Meeting.

 

ADMISSION AT THE MEETING

 

If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person, please see the information in Question 12 “How can I attend the Annual Meeting?” on page 71. We strongly encourage you to pre-register. If you plan to bring a guest you must pre-register by June 3, 2016. Any person who does not present identification and establish proof of ownership will not be admitted to the Annual Meeting.

 


 

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VOTING

 

If you held shares of Target common stock as of the record date (April 11, 2016) you are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.

 

Your vote is important. Thank you for voting.

 

ADVANCE VOTING METHODS AND DEADLINES

 

METHOD   INSTRUCTION   DEADLINE

Internet
 

•  Go to website identified on proxy card, voter instruction form or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials

•  Enter Control Number on proxy card, voter instruction form or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials

•  Follow instructions on the screen

 

 

Internet and telephone voting are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week up to these deadlines:

 

•  Registered Shareholders or Beneficial Owners –11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 7, 2016

•  Participants in the Target 401(k) Plan – 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 6, 2016


Telephone
 

•  Call the toll-free number identified on the enclosed proxy card or voter instruction form or, after viewing the proxy materials on the website provided in your Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, call the toll-free number for telephone voting identified on the website

•  Enter Control Number on the proxy card, voter instruction form or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials

•  Follow the recorded instructions

 

Mail
 

•  Mark your selections on the enclosed proxy card or voter instruction form

•  Date and sign your name exactly as it appears on the proxy card or voter instruction form

•  Promptly mail the proxy card or voter instruction form in the enclosed postage-paid envelope

  Return promptly to ensure proxy card or voter instruction form is received before the date of the Annual Meeting or, for participants in the Target 401(k) Plan, by 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 6, 2016

 

If you received a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and would like to vote by mail, you must follow the instructions on the Notice to request a written copy of the proxy materials, which will include a proxy card or voter instruction form.

 

Any proxy may be revoked at any time prior to its exercise at the Annual Meeting. Please see the information in Question 3 “What is a proxy and what is a proxy statement?” on page 68.

 

VOTING AT THE MEETING

 

All registered shareholders may vote in person at the Annual Meeting. Beneficial owners may vote in person at the Annual Meeting if they have a legal proxy. Please see the information in Question 6 “How do I vote?” on page 68. In either case, shareholders wishing to attend the meeting must follow the procedures under “Admission at the Meeting.”

 

NOTICE OF INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholders Meeting to be held on June 8, 2016.

 

The proxy statement and annual report are available at www.proxyvote.com.

 


 

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

             
          MORE  
  PRACTICE   DESCRIPTION   INFORMATION  
  BOARD COMPOSITION AND ACCOUNTABILITY  
  Independence   A majority of our directors must be independent. Currently, all of our directors other than our CEO are independent, and all of our Committees consist exclusively of independent directors.    
  Diversity of Relevant Experiences   The composition of our Board represents broad perspectives, experiences and knowledge relevant to our business while maintaining a balanced approach to gender and ethnic diversity.    
  Lead Independent Director   Our Corporate Governance Guidelines require a Lead Independent Director position with specific responsibilities to ensure independent oversight of management whenever our CEO is also the Chair of the Board. The Lead Independent Director and the Chair of the Board are elected annually by the independent directors.    
  Annual Management Succession Planning Review   Our Board conducts an annual review of management development and succession planning.    
  Director Tenure Policies   Our director tenure policies include mandatory retirement at age 72 and a maximum term limit of 20 years in order to ensure the Board regularly benefits from a balanced mix of perspectives and experiences. In addition, a director is required to submit an offer of resignation for consideration by the Board upon any change in the director’s principal employment.    
  Director Overboarding Policy   Any director who is not serving as CEO of a public company is expected to serve on no more than five public company boards (including our Board), and any director serving as a CEO of a public company is expected to serve on no more than two outside public company boards (including our Board).    
  Committee Membership and Leadership Rotations   The Board appoints members of its Committees on an annual basis, with the Nominating and Governance Committee reviewing and recommending Committee membership, and assignments rotate periodically. The guideline for rotating Committee Chair assignments and the Lead Independent Director position is four to six years.    
  Board Evaluations and Board Refreshment   To enhance Board functioning and the effectiveness of the Board-management relationship for the benefit of Target and its shareholders, the Board regularly evaluates its performance through self-evaluations, corporate governance reviews and periodic Charter reviews. Those evaluations, changes in our business strategy or operating environment and the future needs of the Board in light of anticipated director retirements are used to identify desired backgrounds and skill sets for future Board members.    
  Risk Oversight   We disclose how risk oversight is exercised at the Board and Committee levels and how risk oversight responsibilities are allocated among the Committees.    
  SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS        
  Annual Election of Directors   All directors are elected annually, which reinforces our Board’s accountability to shareholders.    
  Majority Voting Standard for Director Elections   Our Articles of Incorporation mandate that directors be elected under a “majority voting” standard in uncontested elections–each director must receive more votes “For” his or her election than votes “Against” in order to be elected.    
  Director Resignation Policy   An incumbent director who is not re-elected must promptly offer to resign. The Nominating and Governance Committee will make a recommendation on the offer and the Board must accept or reject the offer within 90 days and publicly disclose its decision and rationale.    
  Proxy Access   We allow each shareholder, or a group of up to 20 shareholders, owning 3% or more of Target common stock continuously for at least three years, to nominate and include in our proxy materials director nominees constituting up to the greater of 20% of the Board of Directors or at least two directors.    
  Single Voting Class   Target common stock is the only class of voting shares outstanding.    
  10% Threshold for Special Meetings   Shareholders holding 10% or more of Target’s outstanding stock have the right to call a special meeting of shareholders.      
  No Poison Pill   We do not have a poison pill.      
  COMPENSATION          
  Follow Leading Practices   See “Target’s Executive Compensation Practices.”    
             

 

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OUR DIRECTORS

 

                             
                          OTHER CURRENT  
          DIRECTOR               PUBLIC COMPANY  
  NAME   AGE   SINCE   COMPANY   TITLE   INDEPENDENT   BOARDS  
  Roxanne S. Austin   55   2002   Austin Investment Advisors   President   Yes   3  
  Douglas M. Baker, Jr.   57   2013   Ecolab Inc.   Chairman & CEO   Yes   2  
  Brian C. Cornell   57   2014   Target Corporation   Chairman & CEO   No   1  
  Calvin Darden   66   2003   Darden Putnam Energy & Logistics, LLC   Chairman   Yes   2  
  Henrique De Castro   50   2013   Yahoo! Inc. (Until January 2014)   Former COO   Yes   0  
  Robert L. Edwards   60   2015   AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons/Safeway) (Until April 2015)   Former President & CEO   Yes   1  
  Melanie L. Healey   55   2015   The Procter & Gamble Company (Until December 2014)   Former Group President, North America   Yes   1  
  Donald R. Knauss   65   2015   The Clorox Company (Until June 2015)   Former Executive Chairman   Yes   2  
  Monica C. Lozano   59   2016   U.S. Hispanic Media, Inc. (Until January 2016)   Former Chairman   Yes   1  
  Mary E. Minnick   56   2005   Lion Capital   Partner   Yes   1  
  Anne M. Mulcahy   63   1997   Save The Children Federation, Inc.   Chairman of the Board of Trustees   Yes   3  
  Derica W. Rice   51   2007   Eli Lilly and Company   EVP, Global Services and CFO   Yes   0  
  Kenneth L. Salazar   61   2013   WilmerHale   Partner   Yes   0  
  John G. Stumpf   62   2010   Wells Fargo & Company   Chairman & CEO   Yes   2  
                             

 

BOARD LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE

 

We do not have an express policy as to whether the roles of Chair of the Board and CEO should be combined or separated. Instead, the Board prefers to maintain the flexibility to determine which leadership structure best serves the interests of Target and our shareholders based on the evolving needs of the company. The Board regularly reevaluates our Board leadership structure as part of the Board evaluation process described under “Board Evaluations and Refreshment” on page 18. The Board also considers shareholder feedback on the topic. Following Mr.  Cornell’s appointment to CEO in 2015, shareholders expressed varied views on their preferred leadership structure, with no prevailing view of a preferred structure for Target Corporation.

 

We currently have a combined Chair/CEO leadership structure. As a result of its evaluation, the Board decided to continue having Mr. Cornell serve as both Chairman and CEO to allow him to coordinate the development, articulation and execution of a unified strategy at the Board and management levels. Where the Chair/CEO roles are combined as they are currently, our Corporate Governance Guidelines require that we have a Lead Independent Director position to complement the Chair’s role, and to serve as the principal liaison between the non-management directors and the Chair. Mr. Baker currently serves as our Lead Independent Director, providing effective, independent leadership of our Board through his clearly defined and robust set of roles and responsibilities.

 

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines require that both the Chairman and Lead Independent Director be elected annually by the independent, non-management directors, which ensures that the leadership structure is reviewed at least annually. The Board is committed to continuing to seek shareholder feedback on its approach as part of its ongoing shareholder outreach efforts, and will continue to reassess its Board leadership structure on a regular basis.

 

     
  LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR – DOUGLAS M. BAKER, JR.  
  Annual Election: Elected annually by the independent, non-management directors.  
  Regular Duties:  
  Has the authority to convene meetings of the Board and executive sessions consisting solely of independent directors at every meeting;  
  Presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors at which the Chair is not present, including executive sessions of independent directors;  
  Conducts the annual performance reviews of the CEO, with input from the other independent directors, and serves as the primary liaison between the CEO and the independent directors;  
  Provides insights to the Human Resources and Compensation Committee as it annually reviews the performance of the CEO as it relates to all elements of compensation;  
  Approves meeting schedules, agendas and the information furnished to the Board to ensure that the Board has adequate time and information for discussion;  
  Is expected to engage in consultation and direct communication with major shareholders as appropriate;  
  Coordinates with the CEO to establish minimum expectations for non-management directors to consistently monitor Target’s retail operations and those of our competitors; and  
  Consults with the Nominating and Governance Committee regarding Board and Committee composition, Committee Chair selection, the annual performance review of the Board and its Committees, and director succession planning.  
  Service: As a guideline, the Lead Independent Director should serve in that capacity for no more than four to six years.  
     

 

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MANAGEMENT EVALUATIONS AND SUCCESSION PLANNING

 

One of the primary responsibilities of the Board is to ensure that Target has a high-performing management team in place. On an annual basis, the Board conducts a detailed review of management development and succession planning activities to maximize the pool of internal candidates who can assume top management positions without undue interruption. In addition to the annual review, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee conducts regular reviews of talent development and succession planning activities with a deeper focus than the full Board review, emphasizing career development of promising management talent.

 

RISK OVERSIGHT

 

The primary responsibility for the identification, assessment and management of the various risks that we face belongs with management. The Board’s oversight of these risks occurs as an integral and continuous part of the Board’s oversight of our business. For example, our principal strategic risks are reviewed as part of the Board’s regular discussion and consideration of our strategy, and the alignment of specific initiatives with that strategy. Similarly, at every meeting the Board reviews the principal factors influencing our operating results, including the competitive environment, and discusses with our senior executive officers the major events, activities and challenges affecting their respective functional areas. The Board’s ongoing oversight of risk also occurs at the Board Committee level on a more focused basis.

 

Given the evolving environment around risk oversight, during 2014 we embarked on a comprehensive review of risk oversight at the management, Board and Committee levels, with the assistance of a third-party strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance consultant. As a result of that comprehensive review, in January 2015 we clarified and enhanced existing practices to provide more transparency about how risk oversight is exercised at the Board and Committee levels. In addition, we reallocated and clarified risk oversight responsibilities among the Committees, most notably by elevating the risk oversight role of the Risk and Compliance Committee.

 

In the fall of 2015, after having an opportunity to evaluate the functioning of the Committees, the Board further refined its Committee responsibilities to align with our strategic priorities and, in part, to further enhance risk oversight coordination among the Committees. As part of the risk oversight enhancements, the Board also adjusted the membership of the Risk and Compliance Committee so that each Committee Chair is a member of that Committee. A summary of the allocation of general risk oversight functions among management, the Board and its Committees is as follows:

 

       
  RESPONSIBLE PARTY GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF RISK OVERSIGHT FUNCTION  
  Management Identification, assessment and management of risks  
  Board of Directors Continuous oversight of overall risks, with emphasis on strategic risks, as well as reputation and corporate social responsibility efforts  
  Audit and Finance Committee Financial reporting, internal controls and financial risks  
  Human Resources and Compensation Committee Compensation policies, practices and incentive-related risks, organizational talent and culture, and management succession risks  
  Nominating and Governance Committee Governance structuring, Board succession and public policy engagement risks  
  Risk and Compliance Committee Operating, business, and compliance risks, including information security and incident response  
  Infrastructure and Investment Committee Risks related to capital expenditures, major expense commitments and infrastructure needs  
       

 

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COMMITTEES

 

The Board has the following Committees and Committee composition as of the date of this proxy statement. All members of each Committee are independent directors. Each Committee operates under a written Charter, a current copy of which is available on our company website, as described in Question 14 on page 72.

 

                   
      RESPONSIBILITIES   COMMITTEE
MEMBERS
  NUMBER OF
MEETINGS DURING
FISCAL 2015
   
  AUDIT AND
FINANCE
COMMITTEE(1)
 

•  Assists the Board in overseeing our financial reporting process, including the integrity of our financial statements and internal controls, the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, performance of our internal audit function and approval of transactions with related persons

•  Prepares the “Report of the Audit and Finance Committee” on page 64 and performs the duties and activities described in that report

•  Discusses with management our positions with respect to income and other tax obligations

•  Reviews and discusses with management our policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management, including the risk of fraud, commitment of internal audit resources and policies and procedures to mitigate identified risks

•  Considers our major financial, accounting and compliance risk exposures and, as appropriate, involves our principal risk officer and compliance officer and our internal audit function. Conducts a joint meeting annually with the Risk and Compliance Committee to review legal and regulatory risk and compliance matters

•  Assists the Board in overseeing our financial policies, financial condition, including our liquidity position, funding requirements, ability to access the capital markets, interest rate exposures and policies regarding return of cash to shareholders

•  Oversees financial risks, including liquidity and capital markets risks by discussing with management our financial risk assessment process, financial risk management activities and strategies and the use of third-party insurance and self-insurance strategies

  Mr. Rice
(Chair)
Mr. Edwards
Ms. Lozano
Ms. Minnick
  7    
   HUMAN
RESOURCES
AND
  COMPENSATION  
COMMITTEE(2)
 

•  Determines the composition and value of non-CEO executive officer compensation and makes recommendations with respect to CEO compensation to the independent members of the Board, who collectively have final approval authority

•  Consults with the Lead Independent Director as part of the annual review of the performance of the CEO as it relates to the appropriate level and elements of compensation

•  Reviews our compensation philosophy, selection and relative weightings of different compensation elements to balance risk, reward and retention objectives and the alignment of incentive compensation performance measures with our strategy

•  Prepares the “Human Resources and Compensation Committee Report” on page 31

•  Oversees risks associated with our compensation policies and practices, and annually reviews with its compensation consultant whether those policies and practices create material risks to Target

•  Oversees management development, evaluation and succession planning at least annually in consultation with the Lead Independent Director

 

Ms. Mulcahy
(Chair)
Mr. Baker
Mr. Darden

 

Mr. De Castro
Ms. Healey
Mr. Knauss

 

  5    
  NOMINATING
AND
GOVERNANCE
COMMITTEE  
 

•  Oversees our corporate governance practices

•  Identifies individuals qualified to become Board members

•  Makes recommendations, in consultation with the Lead Independent Director, on overall composition of the Board, its Committees, and the selection of the Committee Chairs and the Lead Independent Director

•  Leads the annual self-evaluation performance review of the Board and its Committees in consultation with the Lead Independent Director

•  With input from the Lead Independent Director, leads director succession planning, and oversees the risks associated with Board succession

•  Oversees policies and practices regarding public advocacy and political activities

 

Mr. Stumpf

(Chair)

Mr. Baker
Mr. Darden
Mr. Knauss
Ms. Lozano

 

  4    
                   

 

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      RESPONSIBILITIES   COMMITTEE
MEMBERS
  NUMBER OF
MEETINGS DURING
FISCAL 2015
   
   RISK AND
COMPLIANCE
COMMITTEE
 

•  Assists the Board in overseeing management’s identification and evaluation of our principal operational, business and compliance risks, including our risk management framework and the policies, procedures and practices employed to manage risks

•  Oversees and monitors the effectiveness of our business ethics and compliance program

•  Supports the Audit and Finance Committee in oversight of compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

  Mr. Salazar
(Chair)
Ms. Austin
Ms. Mulcahy
Mr. Rice
Mr. Stumpf
  4    
   INFRASTRUCTURE 
AND
INVESTMENT
COMMITTEE
 

•  Assists the Board in overseeing our investment activity, including alignment of investments with our strategy and evaluating the effectiveness of investment decisions

•  Oversees management’s resources allocation plans regarding infrastructure requirements

•  Reviews management’s plans for business development, business acquisitions and other significant business relationships, including alignment of opportunities with our strategic objectives, expected return on investment and post-acquisition integration and performance of acquired businesses

  Ms. Austin
(Chair)
Mr. De Castro
Mr. Edwards
Ms. Healey
Ms. Minnick
Mr. Salazar
  2    
                   

 

(1) The Board of Directors has determined that all members of the Audit and Finance Committee satisfy the applicable audit committee independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Board also determined that all members have acquired the attributes necessary to qualify them as “audit committee financial experts” as defined by applicable SEC rules. The determination for each of Mr. Edwards, Ms. Lozano and Mr. Rice was based on past experiences as a principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller, public accountant or auditor, or actively supervising a person holding one of those positions. For Ms. Minnick, the determination was based on her experience with analyzing the financial statements and financial performance of portfolio companies of Lion Capital.
   
(2) The Board of Directors has determined that all members of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee satisfy the applicable compensation committee independence requirements of the NYSE and the SEC.

 

COMMITTEE COMPOSITION AND LEADERSHIP

 

The Board appoints members of its Committees on an annual basis, with the Nominating and Governance Committee reviewing and recommending Committee membership, and assignments rotate periodically. The following considerations provide the framework for determining Committee composition and leadership:

 

  The guideline for rotating Committee Chair assignments is four to six years;
     
  The Board seeks to have directors on two to three Committees;
     
  The Board considers a number of factors in deciding Committee composition, including individual director experience and qualifications, prior Committee experience and increased time commitments for directors serving as a Committee Chair or Lead Independent Director;
     
  By virtue of the position, the Lead Independent Director is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee; and
     
  To enhance risk oversight coordination, each Committee Chair serves on the Risk and Compliance Committee.

 

In March 2015, the Board of Directors evaluated its Committee leadership, and made several changes to refresh its leadership:

 

  COMMITTEE(1) PRIOR CHAIR NEW CHAIR  
  Audit and Finance Roxanne S. Austin Derica W. Rice  
  Human Resources and Compensation James A. Johnson Anne M. Mulcahy  
  Nominating and Governance Anne M. Mulcahy John G. Stumpf  
  Infrastructure and Investment(2) Derica W. Rice Roxanne S. Austin  
         

 

(1) Kenneth L. Salazar has been the Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee since March 2014.
   
(2) The Infrastructure and Investment became a Board Committee in October 2015, but consists of the membership of the former Finance Committee, which was chaired by Derica W. Rice until March 2015.

 

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CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND REPUTATION

 

Target recognizes that environmental, social and governance issues are of increasing importance to many investors. We have a longstanding dedication to improving the communities where we operate. We know that working together with our team members, guests, suppliers and communities creates better outcomes on issues that matter to us all.

 

We are especially proud that since 1946, we have given 5 percent of our profit to communities, which today is more than $4 million a week. Our Board of Directors encourages corporate responsibility efforts and we publish an annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which uses the Global Reporting Initiative framework, to share our work.

 

Our most recent report, published in June 2015, covers a variety of topics, including responsible sourcing practices, diversity and inclusion, responsible products, environmental standards, stakeholder engagement, corporate philanthropy and volunteerism. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility reports, we set goals in a variety of areas, including those relating to the environment and sustainability, and report our progress on those goals. A copy of our most recent Corporate Social Responsibility Report is available on our company website, as described in Question 14 on page 72.

 

BOARD AND SHAREHOLDER MEETING ATTENDANCE

 

The Board of Directors met seven times during fiscal 2015. All directors attended at least 84% of the aggregate total of meetings of the Board and Board Committees on which the director served during the last fiscal year.

 

All of our eleven then-serving directors attended our June 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Board has a policy requiring all directors to attend all Annual Meetings of Shareholders, absent extraordinary circumstances.

 

DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

The Board of Directors believes that a majority of its members should be independent directors. The Board annually reviews all relationships that directors have with Target to affirmatively determine whether the directors are independent. If a director has a material relationship with Target, that director is not independent. The listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) detail certain relationships that, if present, preclude a finding of independence.

 

Given recent investor focus on the impact of director tenure on independence, the Board also specifically considered each director’s length of service on the Board in making its annual independence determination. Specifically, the Board determined that Ms. Mulcahy, Ms. Austin and Mr. Darden, each of whom have served on the Board for more than 12 years, continue to demonstrate the independence of judgment expected of independent directors.

 

The Board affirmatively determined that all non-management directors are independent. Mr. Cornell is the only management director and is not independent. The Board specifically considered the following transactions and concluded that none of the transactions impaired any director’s independence. In addition, none of the transactions are related party transactions because none of the directors have a direct or indirect material interest in the listed transactions.

 

                 
  DIRECTOR   ENTITY AND RELATIONSHIP   TRANSACTIONS   % OF ENTITY’S
ANNUAL REVENUES
IN EACH OF
LAST 3 YEARS
 
  Douglas M. Baker, Jr.    Ecolab Inc. Chairman & CEO   We purchase supplies, servicing, repairs and merchandise from Ecolab.   Less than 0.01%    
  Mary E. Minnick     Each portfolio company of Lion Capital(1) Partner in Lion Capital   We purchase merchandise for resale from portfolio companies of Lion Capital.   Less than 2% of each portfolio company  
  Anne M. Mulcahy     Save the Children Federation Chairman of Board of Trustees   We make charitable contributions to Save the Children.   Less than 2%    
  Kenneth L. Salazar     WilmerHale Partner   In fiscal 2015, WilmerHale was engaged to provide legal services.(2)   Less than 1%    
  John G. Stumpf           Wells Fargo & Company Chairman & CEO         Wells Fargo provides commercial banking, brokerage, trust and equipment financing services, serves as a non-lead participant in Target’s syndicated revolving credit facility and is Target’s transfer agent.(3)   Less than 0.02%          
                 

 

(1) Ms. Minnick’s indirect ownership in each of these portfolio companies is less than 5%.
   
(2) WilmerHale represented to us that: (a) Mr. Salazar’s compensation was not affected by the amount of legal services performed by WilmerHale for Target, (b) Mr. Salazar did not receive any of the fees from the Target relationship during each of the last three years and (c) Mr. Salazar will not receive any of the fees from the Target relationship in the future. Mr. Salazar does not personally provide any of the legal services to Target.
   
(3) Target does not use Wells Fargo for any investment banking, consulting or advisory services.

 

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POLICY ON TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PERSONS

 

The Board of Directors has adopted a written policy requiring that any transaction: (a) involving Target; (b) in which one of our directors, nominees for director, executive officers, or greater than five percent shareholders, or their immediate family members, have a direct or indirect material interest; and (c) where the amount involved exceeds $120,000 in any fiscal year, be approved or ratified by a majority of independent directors of the full Board or by a designated Committee of the Board. The Board has designated the Audit and Finance Committee as having responsibility for reviewing and approving all such transactions except those dealing with compensation of executive officers and directors, or their immediate family members, in which case it will be reviewed and approved by the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

 

In determining whether to approve or ratify any such transaction, the independent directors or relevant Committee must consider, in addition to other factors deemed appropriate, whether the transaction is on terms no less favorable to Target than those involving unrelated parties. No director may participate in any review, approval or ratification of any transaction if he or she, or his or her immediate family member, has a direct or indirect material interest in the transaction.

 

We ratified two related party transactions in accordance with this policy during fiscal 2015. Both transactions dealt with compensation of immediate family members of one of our executive officers, Casey Carl, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. Mr. Carl’s brother joined Target in 2005, has been a team member in merchandising since that time and earned compensation of $161,311 in fiscal 2015. Mr. Carl’s sister-in-law joined Target in 2009, has been a team member in merchandising since that time and earned compensation of $289,807 in fiscal 2015. For each of these immediate family members, the compensation is commensurate with the immediate family member’s peers.

 

BUSINESS ETHICS AND CONDUCT

 

We are committed to conducting business lawfully and ethically. All of our directors and named executive officers, like all Target team members, are required to act at all times with honesty and integrity. Our Business Conduct Guide covers areas of professional conduct, including conflicts of interest, the protection of corporate opportunities and assets, employment policies, confidentiality, vendor standards and intellectual property, and requires strict adherence to all laws and regulations applicable to our business. Our Business Conduct Guide also describes the means by which any employee can provide an anonymous report of an actual or apparent violation of our Business Conduct Guide.

 

We disclose any amendments to, or waivers from, any provision of our Business Conduct Guide involving our directors, our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller or other persons performing similar functions on our website within four business days following the date of any such amendment or waiver.

 

COMMUNICATIONS WITH DIRECTORS AND SHAREHOLDER OUTREACH

 

Shareholders and other interested parties seeking to communicate with any individual director or group of directors may send correspondence to Target Board of Directors, c/o  Corporate Secretary, 1000 Nicollet Mall, TPS-2670, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 or may send an email to BoardOfDirectors@target.com, which is managed by the Corporate Secretary. The Corporate Secretary, in turn, has been instructed by the Board to forward all communications, except those that are clearly unrelated to Board or shareholder matters, to the relevant Board members.

 

We regularly engage in outreach efforts with our shareholders, both large and small, relating to our business, compensation practices, and environmental, social and governance issues. We involve one or more independent directors in these conversations as appropriate. Among the changes we made in the last year that were informed by shareholder outreach and feedback are the desired backgrounds and relevant skill sets for new additions to the Board, our adoption of a proxy access bylaw, the rotation of leaders of our Committees, the inclusion of all Committee Chairs as members of our Risk and Compliance Committee, the refinement of our Committee responsibilities to align with our strategic priorities and enhance risk oversight coordination among the Committees, and the reasoning behind the Strategic Alignment Awards granted to our executive officers.

 

While we benefit from an ongoing dialogue with many of our shareholders, we recognize that we have not communicated directly with all of our shareholders. If you would like to engage with us, please send correspondence to Target Corporation, Attn: Investor Relations, 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 or email investorrelations@target.com.

 

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ITEM ONE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

ELECTION AND NOMINATION PROCESS

 

Our election process is backed by sound corporate governance principles:

 

  All directors are elected annually;
     
  Directors are elected under a “majority voting” standard – each director in an uncontested election must receive more votes “For” his or her election than votes “Against” in order to be elected; and
     
  An incumbent director who is not re-elected must promptly offer to resign. The Nominating and Governance Committee will make a recommendation on the offer and the Board must accept or reject the offer within 90 days and publicly disclose its decision and rationale.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for identifying individuals qualified to become Board members and making recommendations on director nominees to the full Board. The Committee considers the following factors in its efforts to identify potential director candidates:

 

  Input from the Board’s self-evaluation process to identify the backgrounds or skill sets that are desired; and
     
  Changes in our business strategy or operating environment and the future needs of the Board in light of anticipated director retirements under our Board tenure policies.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee has retained a third-party search firm to assist in identifying director candidates and will also consider recommendations from shareholders. Any shareholder who wishes the Committee to consider a candidate should submit a written request and related information to our Corporate Secretary no later than December 31 of the calendar year preceding the next Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Shareholders may also nominate director candidates directly if they comply with our bylaws, which are described in more detail in Question 18 “How do I submit a proposal or nominate a director candidate for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders?” on page 73 of the proxy statement.

 

DETERMINING BOARD COMPOSITION

 

The criteria the Board follows in determining the composition of the Board is simple: directors are to have broad perspective, experience, knowledge and independence of judgment. The Board as a whole should consist predominantly of persons with strong business backgrounds that span multiple industries. The Board does not have a specific policy regarding consideration of gender, ethnic or other diversity criteria in identifying director candidates. However, the Board has had a longstanding commitment to, and practice of, maintaining diverse representation on the Board. At least annually the Board seeks input from each of its members with respect to the current composition of the Board in light of changes in our current and future business strategies, as well as our operating environment, as a means to identify any backgrounds or skill sets that may be helpful in maintaining or improving alignment between Board composition and our business. In addition, we seek feedback from our shareholders regarding the backgrounds and skill sets that they would like to see represented on our Board. This input is then used by our Nominating and Governance Committee in its director search process.

 

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BOARD EVALUATIONS AND REFRESHMENT

 

The Board regularly evaluates its performance to enhance Board functioning and the effectiveness of the Board-management relationship.

 

       
  EVALUATION METHOD DESCRIPTION  
  Self-Evaluation

The Nominating and Governance Committee, in consultation with the Lead Independent Director, annually leads the performance review of the Board and its Committees. In 2015, the Board self-evaluation involved a third-party consultant who conducted an online survey completed by each director, followed by individual interviews. Following completion of the interviews, the results were discussed by both the Nominating and Governance Committee and the full Board.

 

 
      The self-evaluation process seeks to obtain each director’s assessment of the effectiveness of the Board, the Committees and their leadership, and Board/management dynamics in the following categories:  
      The Board’s purpose and mandate  
      Business knowledge and risk management  
      Information sharing  
      Board and Committee composition, roles and contribution  
    •  Meeting effectiveness  
  Corporate Governance Review Our Nominating and Governance Committee conducts an annual corporate governance review that compares our core corporate governance practices with prevailing best practices, emerging practices and evolving topics as indicated by current literature, corporate governance organizations and institutional shareholders.  
  Charter and Corporate Governance Guidelines Review We periodically review our Committee Charters and Corporate Governance Guidelines. In January 2015, as a result of our comprehensive review of risk oversight at the management, Board and Committee levels, we clarified and enhanced existing practices through amendments to our Committee Charters and Corporate Governance Guidelines to provide more transparency on how risk oversight is exercised at the Board and Committee levels, and reallocated and clarified risk oversight responsibilities among the Committees. In the fall of 2015, after having an opportunity to evaluate the functioning of the Committees, the Board further refined its Committee responsibilities to align with our strategic priorities and to enhance coordination among the Committees. Additionally, after engaging shareholders to understand their perspectives and viewpoints on proxy access, while also giving consideration to the views of industry groups and proxy advisory firms, as part of our annual corporate governance review we adopted a proxy access bylaw in November 2015.  
       

 

The Board maintains tenure policies (contained in our Corporate Governance Guidelines) as a means of ensuring that the Board regularly benefits from a balanced mix of perspectives and experiences. To enhance our ability to recruit the most qualified candidates for our Board, including candidates with robust retail experience, in 2015 we eliminated our prior tenure policy that prohibited directors from serving on the Board for more than five years after retiring from active employment. Our current tenure policies are as follows:

 

    TENURE POLICIES  
  Term Limit Directors may not serve on the Board for more than 20 years  
  Mandatory Retirement Directors must retire at the end of the term in which they reach age 72  
  Change in Principal Employment Directors must offer to resign upon any substantial change in principal employment  
       

 

No directors departed our Board since our 2015 Annual Meeting, but we did expand the size of our Board to add four new directors:

 

      BIOGRAPHICAL  
  ADDITIONS INFORMATION  
  Robert L. Edwards – Identified by our CEO; brings substantial food and drug retail expertise to the Board  
  Melanie L. Healey – Identified by independent search firm(1); brings substantial consumer product goods expertise to the Board  
  Donald R. Knauss – Identified by independent search firm(1); brings substantial consumer product goods manufacturing and marketing expertise to the Board  
  Monica C. Lozano – Identified by independent search firm(1); brings substantial operations, marketing and strategic planning expertise to the Board, as well as a deep understanding of issues that are important to Hispanics, a growing U.S. demographic  
         

 

(1)The independent search firm was retained directly by the Nominating and Governance Committee to assist with identifying, screening and evaluating candidates for the Board.

 

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Our current Board’s composition represents a balanced approach to director tenure, allowing the Board to benefit from the experience of longer-serving directors combined with fresh perspectives from newer directors:

 

TENURE ON BOARD

 

           
         
         
         
    5.8 years    
    Average Director    
    Tenure    
         
         
         
           

 

2016 NOMINEES FOR DIRECTOR

 

After considering the recommendations of the Nominating and Governance Committee, the Board has set the number of directors at 14 and nominated all of the current directors to stand for re-election. The Board believes that each of these nominees is qualified to serve as a director of Target and the specific qualifications of each nominee that were considered by the Board follow each nominee’s biographical description. Equally important, the Board believes that the combination of backgrounds, skills and experiences has produced a Board that is well-equipped to exercise oversight responsibilities for Target’s shareholders and other stakeholders.

 

The following table describes key characteristics of our business and the skills our Board collectively possesses.

 

         
  TARGET’S BUSINESS CHARACTERISTICS   SKILLS OUR BOARD COLLECTIVELY POSSESSES  
  Target’s scale and complexity requires aligning many different areas of our operations, including marketing, merchandising, supply chain, technology, human resources, property development, credit card servicing and our community and charitable activities.   Senior Leadership. Experience as executive officer level business leader or senior government leader.      
  Our brand is the cornerstone of our strategy to provide a relevant and affordable differentiated shopping experience for our guests.   Marketing or Brand Management. Marketing or managing well-known brands or the types of consumer products and services we sell.  
  We own most of our stores and a network of distribution centers.   Real Estate. Real estate acquisitions and dispositions or property management experience.  
  We have a large and global workforce, which represents one of our key resources, as well as one of our largest operating expenses. Workforce Management. Managing a large or global workforce.  
  Our business has become increasingly complex as we have expanded our offerings as well as the channels in which we deliver our shopping experience. This increased complexity requires an increasingly sophisticated technology infrastructure.   Technology. Leadership and understanding of technology, digital platforms and new media, data security, and data analytics.    
  Our business involves sourcing merchandise domestically and internationally from a large number of vendors and distributing it through our network of distribution centers.   Multi-National Operations or Supply Chain Logistics. Executive officer roles at multi-national organizations or in global supply chain operations.  
  We are a large public company committed to disciplined financial and risk management, legal and regulatory compliance and accurate disclosure.   Finance or Risk Management. Public company management, financial stewardship, enterprise risk management or credit card servicing experience.  
  To be successful, we must preserve, grow and leverage the value of our reputation with our guests, team members, the communities in which we operate and our shareholders. Public Affairs or Corporate Governance. Public sector experience, community relations or corporate governance expertise.  
         

 

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We have no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unable or unwilling for good cause to serve if elected. However, if any nominee should become unable for any reason or unwilling for good cause to serve, proxies may be voted for another person nominated as a substitute by the Board, or the Board may reduce the number of directors.

 

           
 

Roxanne S. Austin

 

Age 55

 

 

Director since 2002

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Infrastructure and Investment (Chair)

Risk and Compliance

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Roxanne S. Austin is President of Austin Investment Advisors, a private investment and consulting firm, a position she has held since 2004. Ms. Austin also previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Move Networks, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of DIRECTV, Inc., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hughes Electronics Corporation and as a partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Through her extensive management and operating roles, including her financial roles, Ms. Austin provides the Board with financial, operational and risk management expertise, and substantial knowledge of new media technologies.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

 

Current

 

Abbott Laboratories(1)

 

AbbVie Inc.(1)

 

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

LM Ericsson Telephone Company

 

   
             

 

(1) AbbVie Inc. became a public company in January 2013 following its separation from Abbott Laboratories. Ms. Austin was serving on the Board of Abbott Laboratories at the time of the separation and became a director of AbbVie Inc. in connection with the separation.

 

           
 

Douglas M. Baker, Jr.

 

Age 57

 

 

Director since 2013

 

 

Lead Independent Director

 

 

Committees

Human Resources and Compensation

Nominating and Governance

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Douglas M. Baker, Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ecolab Inc., a provider of water and hygiene services and technologies for the food, hospitality, industrial and energy markets. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Ecolab since May 2006 and Chief Executive Officer since July 2004, and served as President from 2002 to 2011.

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. Baker provides the Board with valuable global marketing, sales and general management experience, as well as operational and governance perspectives. His current role as CEO of a large publicly-held company provides the Board with additional top-level perspective in organizational management.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

Ecolab Inc.

 

U.S. Bancorp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

None

 

   
             

 

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Brian C. Cornell

 

Age 57

 

 

Director since 2014

 

 

Committees

None

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Brian C. Cornell has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Target Corporation since August 2014. Mr. Cornell served as Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Americas Foods, a division of PepsiCo, Inc., a multinational food and beverage corporation, from March 2012 to July 2014. From April 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Cornell served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a discount retailer, and as an Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Through his more than 30 years in escalating leadership positions at leading retail and global consumer product companies, including three CEO roles and more than two decades doing business in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America, Mr. Cornell provides meaningful leadership experience and retail knowledge. His past experience includes time as both a vendor partner and a competitor to Target, and he brings insights from those roles to the company today.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

Yum! Brands, Inc.

 

Past 5 Years

 

Polaris Industries Inc.

 

 

   
             

 

           
 

Calvin Darden

 

Age 66

 

 

Director since 2003

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Human Resources and Compensation

Nominating and Governance

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Calvin Darden is Chairman of Darden Putnam Energy & Logistics, LLC, a company that sells fuel products, a position he has held on a full-time basis since February 2015. From November 2009 to February 2015, he was Chairman of Darden Development Group, LLC, a real estate development company. Mr. Darden had a 33-year career with the United Parcel Service of America, Inc., an express carrier and package delivery company, and served in a variety of senior management positions, ending as Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations in February 2005.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. Darden provides the Board with significant experience in supply chain networks, logistics, customer service and management of a large-scale workforce obtained over his career with United Parcel Service of America, Inc., and more recently has developed expertise in community relations and real estate development.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.

 

Cardinal Health, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

None

 

   
             

 

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Henrique De Castro

 

Age 50

 

 

Director since 2013

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Human Resources and Compensation

Infrastructure and Investment

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Henrique De Castro is the former Chief Operating Officer of Yahoo! Inc., a digital media company that delivers personalized digital content and experiences worldwide by offering online properties and services to users. He held that position from November 2012 to January 2014. He previously served at Google Inc., a company that builds technology products and provides services to organize information, as President, Partner Business Worldwide from March 2012 to November 2012 and as President, Global Media, Mobile & Platforms from June 2009 to March 2012.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. De Castro provides the Board with valuable insight into media, mobile and technology platforms. His experiences at Yahoo! and Google, as well as his prior experience at Dell Inc. provides him with global perspectives on leading operations, strategy, partner management and revenue generation in the technology and media industries.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

None

 

   
             

 

           
 

Robert L. Edwards

 

Age 60

 

 

Director since 2015

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Audit and Finance

Infrastructure and Investment

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Robert L. Edwards is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of AB Acquisition LLC, a North American food and drug retail company, a position he held from January 2015 to April 2015 due to Albertsons’ acquisition of Safeway Inc. Mr. Edwards previously held several executive level positions with Safeway Inc., a United States food and drug retail company, including President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2013 to April 2015, President and Chief Financial Officer from April 2012 to May 2013, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2004 to April 2012.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. Edwards provides the Board with substantial food and drug retail expertise and perspectives from his time at Safeway and Albertsons. In addition, his prior experiences as a CEO of a large publicly-held company and as CFO of multiple public companies provides the Board with extensive public company accounting and financial reporting expertise and a top-level perspective in organizational management.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.

 

Past 5 Years

 

Flextronics International Ltd.

 

KKR Financial Holdings LLC

 

Safeway Inc.

 

   
             

 

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Melanie L. Healey

 

Age 55

 

 

Director since 2015

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Human Resources and Compensation

Infrastructure and Investment

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Melanie L. Healey is the former Group President, North America, of The Procter & Gamble Company, one of the world’s leading providers of branded consumer packaged goods, a position she held from January 2009 to December 2014. Ms. Healey also served as Group President and Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company from January 2015 to July 2015.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Ms. Healey provides the Board with valuable strategic, branding, distribution and operating experience on a global scale obtained over her more than 30-year career in the consumer goods industry in three multinational companies (Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and S.C. Johnson & Sons). Her deep experience in marketing, including her 18 years outside the United States, provides the Board with strategic and operational leadership and critical insights into brand building and consumer marketing trends globally.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

Verizon Communications Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

None

 

   
             

 

           
 

Donald R. Knauss

 

Age 65

 

 

Director since 2015

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Human Resources and Compensation

Nominating and Governance

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Donald R. Knauss is the former Executive Chairman of The Clorox Company, a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products, a position he held from November 2014 to June 2015. Mr. Knauss previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Clorox Company from October 2006 until November 2014.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. Knauss possesses substantial senior management level experience in a variety of areas, including branded consumer products and consumer dynamics, manufacturing and supply chain, the retail environment, and sales and distribution that strengthens the Board’s collective knowledge, capabilities and experience.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS      
   

Current  

 

Kellogg Company

 

McKesson Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

  

Past 5 Years  

 

The Clorox Company

 

URS Corporation

 

   
             

 

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Monica C. Lozano

 

Age 59

 

 

Director since 2016

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Audit and Finance

Nominating and Governance

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Monica C. Lozano is the former Chairman of U.S. Hispanic Media, Inc., a leading Hispanic news and information company with outlets in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other U.S. cities, a position she held from June 2014 to January 2016. Ms. Lozano previously served ImpreMedia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Hispanic Media, Inc., as Chair from July 2012 to May 2014, and as Chief Executive Officer from May 2010 to May 2014. Ms. Lozano served as Publisher of La Opinion, a subsidiary of ImpreMedia, LLC, from 2004 to May 2014 and was Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to July 2012.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Ms. Lozano possesses substantial senior management experience in areas such as operations, marketing and strategic planning. She also has a deep understanding of issues that are important to Hispanics, a growing U.S. demographic. Ms. Lozano has board-level experience overseeing large organizations with diversified operations on matters such as governance, risk management and financial reporting.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS      
   

Current

 

Bank of America Corporation

 

  

 

Past 5 Years

 

The Walt Disney Company

 

   
             

 

           
 

Mary E. Minnick

 

Age 56

 

 

Director since 2005

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Audit and Finance

Infrastructure and Investment

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Mary E. Minnick is a Partner of Lion Capital LLP, a consumer-focused private investment firm, a position she has held since May 2007. Ms. Minnick had a 23-year career with The Coca Cola Company, a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, and served in a variety of senior management positions, ending as President of Marketing, Strategy and Innovation in February 2007.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Ms. Minnick provides the Board with substantial expertise in building brand awareness, general management, product development, marketing, distribution and sales on a global scale obtained over her career with The Coca-Cola Company. Her current position with Lion Capital provides the Board with additional insights into the retail business and consumer marketing trends outside the United States.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS      
   

Current

 

The WhiteWave Foods Company
(Term ending in May 2016)

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

Heineken NV

 

   
             

 

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Anne M. Mulcahy

 

Age 63

 

 

Director since 1997

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Human Resources and Compensation (Chair)

Risk and Compliance

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Anne M. Mulcahy is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Save The Children Federation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to creating lasting change in the lives of children throughout the world, a position she has held since March 2010. Ms. Mulcahy had a 34-year career with Xerox Corp., a document management company, and served in a variety of senior management positions, ending as Executive Chairman in May 2010.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Ms. Mulcahy obtained extensive experience in all areas of business management as she led Xerox Corp. through a transformational turnaround. This experience, combined with her leadership roles in business trade associations and public policy activities, provides the Board with additional expertise in the areas of organizational effectiveness, financial management and corporate governance.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS      
   

Current

 

Graham Holdings Company

 

Johnson & Johnson

 

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

None

 

   
             

 

           
 

Derica W. Rice

 

Age 51

 

 

Director since 2007

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Audit and Finance (Chair)

Risk and Compliance

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Derica W. Rice is Executive Vice President, Global Services and Chief Financial Officer of Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceutical company, positions he has held since January 2010 and May 2006, respectively.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. Rice’s career with Eli Lilly has provided him with substantial experience in managing worldwide financial operations. His expertise gives the Board additional skills in the areas of financial oversight, risk management and the alignment of financial and strategic initiatives.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

None

 

   
             

 

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Kenneth L. Salazar

 

Age 61

 

 

Director since 2013

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Risk and Compliance (Chair)

Infrastructure and Investment

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Kenneth L. Salazar is a Partner at WilmerHale, a full service business law firm, a position he has held since June 2013. Previously, Mr. Salazar served as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2009 to 2013, U.S. Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009 and as Attorney General of Colorado from 1999 to 2005.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. Salazar has substantial public policy experience at both the state and federal levels. Mr. Salazar provides the Board with additional insights on public policy issues and leadership on matters involving multiple stakeholder stewardship.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

None

 

   
             

 

           
 

John G. Stumpf

 

Age 62

 

 

Director since 2010

 

 

Independent

 

 

Committees

Nominating and Governance (Chair)

Risk and Compliance

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

John G. Stumpf is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo & Company, a banking and financial services company. He has been Chief Executive Officer since June 2007 and Chairman since January 2010. He also served as President from August 2005 to November 2015. A 33-year veteran of Wells Fargo, he has held various operational and managerial positions throughout his career.

 

   
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. Stumpf’s current role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo, and long career in banking, provides the Board with expertise in brand management, financial oversight and stewardship of capital, as well as valuable perspectives in large public company organizational structuring and management.

 

   
    OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS    
   

Current

 

Chevron Corporation

 

Wells Fargo & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Past 5 Years

 

None

 

   
             

 

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STOCK OWNERSHIP INFORMATION

 

STOCK OWNERSHIP GUIDELINES

 

Stock ownership that must be disclosed in this proxy statement includes shares directly or indirectly owned, and shares issuable or options exercisable that the person has the right to acquire within 60 days. Our stock ownership guidelines vary from the required ownership disclosure in that they do not include any options, but do include share equivalents held under deferred compensation arrangements, as well as unvested restricted stock units (RSUs) and performance-based RSUs (PBRSUs) at the minimum share payout. We believe our stock ownership guidelines for our directors and executive officers are aligned with shareholders’ interests because the guidelines reflect equity that has economic exposure to both upside and downside risk.

 

     
  OWNERSHIP GUIDELINES BY POSITION  
  DIRECTORS CEO OTHER NEOS  
  Fixed Value of $270,000 7x base salary 3x base salary  
         

 

     
  EQUITY USED TO MEET STOCK OWNERSHIP GUIDELINES  
  YES   NO  
  Outstanding shares that the person beneficially owns or is deemed to beneficially own, directly or indirectly, under the federal securities laws   Options, regardless of when they are exercisable  
  RSUs and PBRSUs (at their minimum share payout, which is 75% of the at-goal payout level), whether vested or unvested   Performance Share Units (PSUs) because their minimum share payout is 0% of the at-goal payout level  
  Deferred compensation amounts that are indexed to Target common stock, but ultimately paid in cash      
         

 

All directors and executive officers are expected to achieve the required levels of ownership under our stock ownership guidelines within five years of their election or appointment. If a director or executive officer has not satisfied the ownership guideline amounts within those first five years, he or she must retain all shares acquired on the vesting of equity awards or the exercise of stock options (in all cases net of exercise costs and taxes) until compliance is achieved. In addition, if an executive officer is below the ownership guideline amounts during the first five years after becoming an executive officer, he or she must retain at least 50% of all shares acquired on the vesting of equity awards or the exercise of stock options until compliance is achieved.

 

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The following table shows the holdings of our current directors and NEOs recognized for purposes of our stock ownership guidelines as of March 30, 2016, and the respective ownership guidelines calculations.

 

                     
     SHARES         TOTAL STOCK  STOCK  
     DIRECTLY OR         OWNERSHIP FOR  OWNERSHIP  
     INDIRECTLY  RSUs &  SHARE  GUIDELINES  GUIDELINES  
     OWNED  PBRSUs  EQUIVALENTS  (# OF SHARES)(1)  CALCULATION  
  DIRECTORS                  TOTAL VALUE(2)  
  Roxanne S. Austin   10,000    22,134    0    32,134   $2,686,402   
  Douglas M. Baker, Jr.   0    9,682    0    9,682   $809,415   
  Calvin Darden   0    22,134    775    22,909   $1,915,224   
  Henrique De Castro   0    12,472    0    12,472   $1,042,659   
  Robert L. Edwards(3)   10,000    3,951    0    13,951   $1,166,304   
  Melanie L. Healey(3)   0    3,430    0    3,430   $286,748   
  Donald R. Knauss(3)   0    3,951    0    3,951   $330,304   
  Monica C. Lozano(3)   0    2,364    0    2,364   $197,630   
  Mary E. Minnick   886    56,346    443    57,675   $4,821,668   
  Anne M. Mulcahy   7,114    29,701    0    36,815   $3,077,734   
  Derica W. Rice   0    49,397    0    49,397   $4,129,589   
  Kenneth L. Salazar   0    9,129    0    9,129   $763,184   
  John G. Stumpf   0    14,011    0    14,011   $1,171,320   
  CURRENT NAMED                      MULTIPLE OF BASE  
  EXECUTIVE OFFICERS                      SALARY(2)  
  Brian C. Cornell   68,085    132,484    0    200,569    12.9   
  Catherine R. Smith(4)   0    11,868    0    11,868    1.2   
  John J. Mulligan   37,431    34,714    10,779    82,924    6.9   
  Michael E. McNamara(4)   0    13,667    0    13,667    1.6   
  Jeffrey J. Jones II   18,475    16,990    0    35,465    4.1   
  Timothy R. Baer   16,396    17,289    0    33,685    4.2   
                              

 

(1) The “Total Stock Ownership” calculation, like the required disclosure of “Total Shares Beneficially Owned” on page 29, starts with “Shares Directly or Indirectly Owned” but differs by (a) excluding all options, regardless of whether they can be converted into common stock on or before May 29, 2016, and (b) including (i) share equivalents that are held under deferred compensation arrangements and (ii) RSUs and PBRSUs (at their minimum share payout, which is 75% of the at-goal payout level), whether vested or unvested, even if they will be converted into common stock more than 60 days from March 30, 2016.

 

(2) Based on closing stock price of $83.60 as of March 30, 2016.

 

(3) Mr. Edwards and Mr. Knauss joined the Board on August 12, 2015. Ms. Healey joined the Board on November 11, 2015. Ms. Lozano joined the Board on March 9, 2016. They currently comply with our stock ownership guidelines because they have five years from those respective dates to meet the required $270,000 stock ownership level.

 

(4) Ms. Smith became Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer on September 1, 2015. Mr. McNamara became Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer on June 3, 2015. They currently comply with our stock ownership guidelines because they have five years from those respective dates to meet the required 3x base salary stock ownership level.

 

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BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

 

The following table includes information about the shares of Target common stock (our only outstanding class of equity securities) which are beneficially owned on March 30, 2016 or which the person has the right to acquire within 60 days of March 30, 2016 for each director, named executive officer in the Summary Compensation Table on page 47, and all current Target directors and executive officers as a group.

 

                     
     SHARES              
     DIRECTLY OR  SHARES  STOCK OPTIONS  TOTAL SHARES  
     INDIRECTLY  ISSUABLE  EXERCISABLE  BENEFICIALLY  
     OWNED  WITHIN 60 DAYS(1)  WITHIN 60 DAYS  OWNED(2))  
  DIRECTORS                  
  Roxanne S. Austin   10,000    20,360    24,349    54,709   
  Douglas M. Baker, Jr.   0    7,908    5,570    13,478   
  Calvin Darden   0    20,360    37,105    57,465   
  Henrique De Castro   0    10,698    5,570    16,268   
  Robert L. Edwards(3)   10,000    2,177    0    12,177   
  Melanie L. Healey(3)   0    1,656    0    1,656   
  Donald R. Knauss(3)   0    2,177    0    2,177   
  Monica C. Lozano(3)   0    592    0    592   
  Mary E. Minnick   886    54,572    0    55,458   
  Anne M. Mulcahy   7,114    27,927    23,325    58,366   
  Derica W. Rice   0    46,371    0    46,371   
  Kenneth L. Salazar   0    7,355    3,601    10,956   
  John G. Stumpf   0    12,237    17,889    30,126   
  NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS                      
  Brian C. Cornell   68,085    0    0    68,085   
  Catherine R. Smith(4)   0    0    0    0   
  John J. Mulligan(4)   37,431    6,253    222,636    266,320   
  Michael E. McNamara(4)   0    0    0    0   
  Jeffrey J. Jones II   18,475    0    152,064    170,539   
  Timothy R. Baer   16,396    2,913    387,665    406,974   
  ALL CURRENT DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS                      
  As a group (24 persons)   191,234(5)    223,556    1,061,800    1,476,590   
                         

 

(1) Includes shares of common stock that the named individuals may acquire on or before May 29, 2016 pursuant to the conversion of vested RSUs into common stock.
   
(2) All directors and executive officers as a group own less than 1% of Target’s outstanding common stock. The persons listed have sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares listed.
   
(3) Mr. Edwards and Mr. Knauss joined the Board on August 12, 2015. Ms. Healey joined the Board on November 11, 2015. Ms. Lozano joined the Board on March 9, 2016.
   
(4) Ms. Smith became Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer on September 1, 2015. Mr. McNamara became Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer on June 3, 2015.
   
(5) Includes shares of common stock owned by executive officers in the Target 401(k) Plan as of March 30, 2016.

 

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BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF TARGET’S LARGEST SHAREHOLDERS

 

The following table includes certain information about each person or entity known to us to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of our common stock:

 

                 
    NUMBER OF        
    COMMON SHARES        
  NAME AND ADDRESS BENEFICIALLY PERCENT OF    
  OF >5% BENEFICIAL OWNER OWNED CLASS(1)    
  State Street Corporation   53,329,159(2)     8.9%    
  One Lincoln Street              
  Boston, Massachusetts 02111              
  The Vanguard Group   40,375,582(3)     6.8%    
  100 Vanguard Boulevard              
  Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355              
  BlackRock, Inc.   35,549,107(4)     6.0%    
  55 East 52nd Street              
  New York, New York 10055              
                 

 

(1) Based on shares outstanding on March 30, 2016.
   
(2) State Street Corporation (State Street) reported its direct and indirect beneficial ownership in various fiduciary capacities (including as trustee under Target’s 401(k) Plan) on a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 16, 2016. The filing indicates that as of December 31, 2015, State Street had sole voting power for 0 shares, shared voting power for 53,329,159 shares, sole dispositive power for 0 shares and shared dispositive power for 53,329,159 shares.
   
(3) The Vanguard Group (Vanguard) reported its direct and indirect beneficial ownership on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 11, 2016. The filing indicates that as of December 31, 2015, Vanguard had sole voting power for 1,143,469 shares, shared voting power for 60,900 shares, sole dispositive power for 39,182,855 shares and shared dispositive power for 1,192,727 shares.
   
(4) BlackRock, Inc. (BlackRock) reported its direct and indirect beneficial ownership on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 10, 2016. The filing indicates that as of December 31, 2015, BlackRock had sole voting power for 29,974,267 shares, shared voting power for 21,834 shares, sole dispositive power for 35,527,273 shares and shared dispositive power for 21,834 shares.

 

SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

 

SEC rules require disclosure of those directors, officers and beneficial owners of more than 10% of our common stock who fail to timely file reports required by Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the most recent fiscal  year. Based solely on review of reports furnished to us and written representations that no other reports were required during the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016, all Section 16(a) filing requirements were met.

 

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HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

 

The Human Resources and Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the following Compensation Discussion and Analysis with management. Based on this review and discussion, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and this proxy statement.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE(1)

 

Anne M. Mulcahy, Chair

Douglas M. Baker, Jr.

Calvin Darden

Henrique De Castro

Donald R. Knauss

 

(1) Ms. Healey joined the Human Resources and Compensation Committee following the preparation of this report.

 

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

INTRODUCTION

 

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) focuses on how our Named Executive Officers (NEOs) were compensated for fiscal 2015 (February 1, 2015 through January 30, 2016) and how their fiscal 2015 compensation aligns with our pay for performance philosophy.

 

For fiscal 2015, our NEOs were:

 

       
  NAME PRINCIPAL POSITION  
  Brian C. Cornell Chairman & Chief Executive Officer  
  Catherine R. Smith Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer  
  John J. Mulligan Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer  
  Michael E. McNamara Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer  
  Jeffrey J. Jones II Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer  
  Timothy R. Baer Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary  
       

 

On June 3, 2015, Mr. McNamara joined Target as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. On September 1, 2015, Mr. Mulligan assumed the newly created role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Ms. Smith replaced Mr. Mulligan as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

 

Our CD&A is divided into the following sections:

 

  Executive Summary
     
  Our Performance Framework for Executive Compensation
     
  Other Benefit Elements
     
  Compensation Governance

 

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Executing on our Strategy

 

Over the past year, we delivered on the sales and profit goals we laid out at the beginning of the year. Traffic increased in all four quarters of fiscal 2015 and our signature categories of Style, Baby, Kids, and Wellness led our growth. Along with sales growth, we delivered year-over-year gross margin and selling, general, and administrative expense improvement. We delivered $4.69 of adjusted EPS this year, more than 11% higher than 2014, which is on track to deliver longer term financial goals. Excluding the gain on the sale of our pharmacy business, we generated a very healthy after-tax ROIC of 13.9% for the year, up well over a percentage point from 2014.

 

This year’s results demonstrate that we are focused on the right strategic priorities on behalf of our guests. We have created a stronger foundation and have a talented and agile team aligned around a focused set of key enterprise priorities. Throughout the CD&A we provide examples of how our executive compensation programs align with our overall performance and strategic priorities. Our incentives, which comprise the majority of our NEOs’ compensation packages, are comprised of a well-balanced portfolio of distinct performance metrics. These metrics are centered on profitable growth in both the short-term and long-term incentive plans to encourage focus on sustained and holistic overall company performance.

 

Shareholder Support for our 2015 Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

 

At our June 2015 annual meeting of shareholders, shareholders approved our Say on Pay proposal in support of our executive compensation program by 96.6%, a significant improvement over the prior year. We believe open dialogue with our shareholders and reflecting their feedback in our compensation decisions has been instrumental in obtaining shareholder support.

 

Shareholder Outreach

 

As discussed on page 16, we regularly engage in outreach efforts with our shareholders, both large and small, and involve one or more independent directors in these conversations as appropriate. Prior to the June 2015 Say on Pay vote, these engagements focused on key strategic initiatives announced by our CEO, as well as our decision to exit the Canadian market and the impact that the associated write-offs would have on our executive officers’ compensation. Shareholder feedback gained from these discussions informed key compensation decisions made during the March 2015 Human Resources and Compensation Committee meeting, resulting in a special one-time grant of Strategic Alignment Awards to executive officers. The rationale for these grants was explained in our prior year’s CD&A. Due to the March 2015 grant date of these awards (which falls in our fiscal 2015), the value of these awards is reported in the Summary Compensation Table in this year’s proxy statement.

 

Since the 2015 Say on Pay vote in which 96.6% of shareholder votes cast were in support, our outreach efforts included a  business and governance update on the addition of new directors, our refresh of leadership roles to execute strategy, how our reshaped strategy has led to improving performance, and a discussion of our continued commitment to sound governance and compensation practices. In the course of these engagements we have received positive feedback on the current design of our executive compensation program. Accordingly, there have been no significant changes in the program design in 2015. We value the feedback provided by our shareholders and look forward to continued, open dialogue on compensation matters and other issues relevant to our business.

 

The Board’s overarching goal is to deliver on our pay for performance philosophy by offering compensation programs that support our strategy, incent strong results, attract and retain a premier management team, and are supported by shareholders.

 

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Summary of Key Compensation Decisions Made in Fiscal 2015

 

         
  TOPIC DESCRIPTION   MORE
INFORMATION
 
  Forfeited Incentives

As described in the CD&A for last year’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the Board’s decision to discontinue Canadian operations resulted in a write-off in 2014 that, due to not meeting the minimum performance threshold in fiscal 2014 required to provide tax deductibility, caused the forfeiture of a substantial portion of outstanding incentives, including:

Three years of PSU awards, the January 2014 PBRSU award and the 2014 short-term incentive plan (STIP) for executive officers

 $4.7 million of Mr. Cornell’s 2014 at-goal pro-rata incentives

   
  Strategic Alignment Awards As described in last year’s CD&A, Strategic Alignment Awards were granted in March 2015 to connect the management team’s pay with performance in achieving goals designed to reposition Target and drive long-term growth consistent with our key priorities. The awards were granted off-cycle to consider this matter in the context of Target’s full year financial performance (including the impact of our Canadian exit), as well as to gain input from shareholders in advance of making the awards. These shareholder conversations, which represented over 40% of shares voted, informed our decision to grant these awards.    
  Fiscal 2015 STIP Payouts For fiscal 2015, the financial metrics within our short-term incentive plan delivered at-goal performance, resulting in 100% payout for the financial component.    
  Fiscal 2016 STIP Change Beginning in fiscal 2016, we replaced the personal performance component of the non-CEO NEOs’ STIP with a team scorecard to encourage alignment around strategy, collective goals and greater objectivity in this portion of the annual incentive program. Along with this change, we increased the weight of the financial component from 67% at-goal to 80% at-goal.    
  NEO New Hire Compensation As part of the offers given to Mr. McNamara and Ms. Smith to join Target, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee approved sign-on bonuses and pro-rata equity grants consisting of PSUs and PBRSUs on terms consistent with the awards granted to Target’s other executive officers in January 2015, as well as Strategic Alignment Awards consistent with those granted to Target’s other executive officers in March 2015.    
  Perquisite Changes As part of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee’s annual assessment of perquisites, automobile and automobile allowances were eliminated from executive officer perquisites starting in fiscal 2016.    
           

 

Pay for Performance

 

We provide our NEOs a mix of base salary, short-term and long-term incentives with compensation opportunities measured by a variety of time horizons to balance our near-term and long-term strategic goals.

 

Our incentive award payouts align with our financial performance.

 

  For fiscal 2015, the financial metrics within our short-term incentive plan delivered at-goal performance, resulting in 100% payout for the financial component. This was the first payout under the financial component of our short-term incentive plan since fiscal 2012.
     
  100% of our annual long-term incentive (LTI) program features performance-based metrics and is tied to relative performance versus our retail peers.
     
  Our PSU awards for the 2012-2014, 2013-2015 and 2014-2016 performance periods were forfeited entirely, as described under “Long-Term Incentives” beginning on page 40.

 

The charts below illustrate actual payouts, as a percentage of goal, over the last five years for our STIP and PSU plans. PSU awards and the financial component of STIP made up more than 67% of at-goal annual total direct compensation (TDC) for our NEOs in fiscal 2015.

 

  STIP Financial Component Performance   PSU Awards Payouts
       
   

 

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Target’s Executive Compensation Practices

 

The following practices and policies ensure alignment of interests between shareholders and executives, and effective ongoing compensation governance.

 

             
  COMPENSATION
PRACTICE
 TARGET POLICY   MORE
INFORMATION
 
  Pay for Performance YES |  A significant percentage of the total direct compensation package features performance-based metrics, including 100% of our annual LTI.    
  Robust Stock Ownership Guidelines YES |  We have stock ownership guidelines for executive officers of 7x base salary for CEO, 3x base salary for non-CEO executive officers and $270,000 for directors.    
  Annual Shareholder “Say on Pay” YES |  We value our shareholders’ input on our executive compensation programs. Our Board of Directors seeks an annual non-binding advisory vote from shareholders to approve the executive compensation disclosed in our CD&A, tabular disclosures and related narrative of this proxy statement.    
  Double Trigger  Change-in-Control YES |  We grant equity awards that require both a change-in-control and an involuntary termination or voluntary termination with good reason before vesting.    
  Annual Compensation Risk Assessment YES |  A risk assessment of our compensation programs is performed on an annual basis.    
  Clawback Policy YES |  Our policy allows recovery of incentive cash and equity compensation if it is earned based on inaccurate financial statements.    
  Independent Compensation
Consultant
YES |  The Human Resources and Compensation Committee retains an independent compensation consultant to advise on the executive compensation program and practices.    
  Hedging of Company Stock NO |  Executive officers and members of the Board of Directors may not directly or indirectly engage in transactions intended to hedge or offset the market value of Target common stock owned by them.    
  Pledging of Company Stock NO |  Executive officers and members of the Board of Directors may not directly or indirectly pledge Target common stock as collateral for any obligation.    
  Tax Gross-Ups NO |  We do not provide tax gross-ups to our executive officers.    
  Dividends on Unearned Performance Awards NO |  We do not pay dividends on unearned performance awards.    
  Repricing or Exchange of Underwater Stock Options NO |  Our equity incentive plan does not permit repricing or exchange of underwater stock options without shareholder approval.      
  Employment Contracts NO |  None of our current Named Executive Officers has an employment contract.    
             

 

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Performance Highlights

 

The following highlights show our historical performance on key metrics over each of the last five years and provide a back-drop for both our compensation outcomes and decisions. Variations of each respective metric are present in our executive compensation elements. Our precise metrics and results are described in more detail in the narratives for each compensation element.

 

Total Adjusted Sales(2)
 (in millions)
  Digital Channel Sales Growth
 
     
     
Adjusted Earnings Per Share (EPS)
from Continuing Operations(3)
  After-Tax Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)
 from Continuing Operations(4)
     
 

 

Total Shareholder Return (TSR)

 

 

 

(1) 2012 reflects a 53-week accounting year.
(2) Total Adjusted Sales excludes pharmacy sales for comparison purposes, due to the sale of the pharmacy business to CVS at the end of fiscal 2015. A reconciliation of Total Adjusted Sales to GAAP consolidated sales is provided in Appendix A.
(3) A reconciliation of Adjusted EPS from Continuing Operations to GAAP EPS from Continuing Operations is provided in Appendix A.
(4) After-Tax ROIC from Continuing Operations is a ratio based on GAAP information, with the exception of adjustments made to capitalize operating leases. A reconciliation of After-Tax ROIC from Continuing Operations is provided in Appendix A. For 2015, the After-Tax ROIC from Continuing Operations for the trailing twelve months ended January 30, 2016 was 16.0%, but was 13.9% excluding the net gain on the sale of our pharmacy and clinic businesses.

 

The Board and management team have demonstrated a strong commitment to returning capital to shareholders over the past five fiscal years.

 

 

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OUR PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK FOR EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Our compensation programs are structured to align the interests of our executive officers with the interests of our shareholders and support our strategy. They are designed to attract, retain, and motivate a premier management team to sustain our distinctive brand and its competitive advantage in the marketplace, and to provide a framework that encourages outstanding financial results and shareholder returns over the long term.

 

CEO PAY MIX(1) OTHER NEOs PAY MIX(1)
   

 

               
                 
  Performance-Based 90%       Performance-Based 84%  
                 

 

(1) Represents annual at-goal TDC, which includes: (a) base salary levels approved for that year, (b) STIP opportunity at-goal for performance for that year, and (c) annual LTI awards representing the aggregate grant date fair value of awards granted in January 2016. For this purpose, TDC excludes items shown under “Change in Pension Value and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Earnings”, “All Other Compensation”, and the one-time Strategic Alignment Awards included in “Stock Awards” in the Summary Compensation Table.

 

     
  How Annual CEO Pay is Tied to Performance
     
  The following pay elements are performance-based and represent a significant percentage of the total direct compensation package.
     
  STIP – Payouts range from 50% to 200% of goal when performance levels are at or between 5% below and 5% above goal, respectively.
     
  PSUs – Payouts range from 0% to 175% of goal depending on our performance relative to our retail peer group.
     
  PBRSUs – Payouts range from 75% to 125% of goal depending on TSR performance relative to our retail peer group.

 

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Elements of Fiscal 2015 Executive Total Direct Compensation

 

                         
      ELEMENT   KEY
CHARACTERISTICS
  LINK TO
SHAREHOLDER
VALUE
  HOW WE DETERMINE
AMOUNT
  KEY
DECISIONS
 
  FIXED   Base Salary   Fixed compensation component payable in cash, representing less than 20% of TDC for our NEOs. Reviewed annually and adjusted when appropriate.   A means to attract and retain talented executives capable of driving superior performance.   Scope and complexity of each executive officer’s roles, individual skills, contributions, market data and prior experience.   Approved starting salaries of new CFO and CIO in fiscal 2015. See page 42.  
  PERFORMANCE- BASED   Short-Term Incentives   Variable compensation component payable in cash based on performance against annually established financial goals and assessment of   individual performance (excluding CEO).  

Incentive targets are tied to achievement of key annual financial measures.

 

NEOs other than the CEO are also evaluated on subjective criteria intended to foster achievement of strategic goals.

 

Our CEO’s STIP is exclusively tied to financial measures.

 

 

Financial component of award based on:

- Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (Incentive EBIT)

- Sales

 

Personal scores are   based on critical factors upon which we believe leadership and performance should be assessed, but which are not quantifiable. We do not use a personal score in our CEO’s STIP.

 

 

To reinforce the importance of profitable growth, for fiscal 2015, we added sales as a metric.

 

For fiscal 2015, the financial component of our STIP achieved at-goal performance, resulting in 100% payout.

 

Beginning in fiscal 2016, we will replace the personal performance component of NEO STIP (excluding CEO) with a team scorecard. See page 39.

 
    Performance Share Unit Awards (75% of annual LTI grants)   PSUs cliff vest three years from the date of grant and payouts are based on relative three-year performance versus our retail peer group.  

PSUs recognize our executive officers for achieving superior long-term relative performance in:

- Market share

change

- EPS growth

- After-tax ROIC

 

 

Grant award levels based on individual performance, potential future contributions, historical grant amounts, retention considerations and market data.

 

Actual award payout based on change in market share, EPS compound annual growth, and ROIC performance versus retail peer group over the three-year performance period.

  As discussed on page 41, we did not meet the 162(m) threshold for fiscal 2014, effectively cancelling the fiscal 2012-2014, 2013-2015, and 2014-2016 PSU awards.  
    Performance-Based Restricted Stock Unit Awards (25% of annual LTI grants)   PBRSUs cliff vest three years from the date of grant with the number of shares based on relative three-year TSR performance versus our retail peer group.   Fosters a culture of ownership, aligns the long-term interests of Target’s executive officers with our shareholders and rewards or penalizes based on relative TSR performance.   Grant awards based on individual performance, historical grant amounts, retention considerations and market data.   As discussed on page 41, we did not meet the 162(m) threshold for fiscal 2014, effectively cancelling the fiscal 2014-2016 PBRSU award.  
    Strategic Alignment Awards (one-time grant)   Grants are one-time in nature and are based on performance against four strategic metrics identified as vital to Target’s short- and long-term success by senior management and the Board. These grants have a two-year performance period, are settled in stock and are included in this year’s Summary Compensation Table.   Designed to connect pay with performance in achieving goals designed to re-position Target and drive long-term growth.  

Payout of these awards is based on the following metrics:

 

- Total Sales Growth

- Digital Channel

Sales Growth 

- EBIT Growth

- ROIC Modifier

 

  As disclosed in last year’s CD&A, these one-time awards were made during fiscal 2015.  
                         

 

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Base Salary

 

We provide base salary as a means to provide a stable amount of cash compensation to our executive officers. In alignment with our pay for performance philosophy, it represents the smallest portion of TDC. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee approved starting salaries for Mr. McNamara and Ms. Smith in fiscal 2015 in connection with them joining Target as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.

 

In January 2015, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee approved a fiscal 2015 base salary increase of $25,000 for Mr. Jones for his leadership in advancing our brand.

 

Short-Term Incentives

 

All NEOs are eligible to earn cash awards under our STIP program, which is designed to motivate and reward executives for performance on key annual measures. For fiscal 2015, STIP metrics included Incentive EBIT and Sales.

 

Fiscal 2015 Performance Metrics

 

Our STIP program for fiscal 2015 was based on two financial metrics to align our annual incentives with our strategy of driving growth, with an emphasis on profitability:

 

Incentive EBIT. Incentive EBIT represented 75% of the financial component of the STIP payout, an increase from 50% in fiscal 2014.
   
Sales. Beginning in fiscal 2015, sales was introduced to complement Incentive EBIT with a weighting of 25% at-goal of the financial component of the STIP payout to align with our strategy of driving growth. Prior to fiscal 2015, we used Economic Value Added as the second financial metric under the STIP.

 

In addition, fiscal 2015 is the last year we utilized the personal component under our STIP. For all NEOs other than the CEO, personal performance payments correspond to a predetermined percentage of base salary tied to a payout matrix for each personal performance review score. The maximum personal performance payout is equal to 46.7% of base salary. Review scores are a subjective element within our mix of variable compensation elements to recognize the critical factors upon which we believe leadership and performance should be assessed, but which are not quantifiable, including: enterprise leadership, the development of a high performing and diverse team, a strong commitment to high ethical standards, and the achievement of strategic goals and objectives for the year.

 

The following tables summarize the total short-term incentive opportunity for financial performance measures at 5% below goal, goal, and 5% above goal, and a representative incentive opportunity for the personal performance aspect of the short-term incentive program under various performance levels as a percentage of base salary. The tables are not substitutes for the information disclosed in the Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal 2015 table located on page 50.

 

               
  Illustrative Payouts for our CEO (as a % of base salary)  
       
      PERFORMANCE LEVEL  
      5% BELOW GOAL GOAL 5% ABOVE GOAL    
  Financial Component
(75% Incentive EBIT, 25% Sales)
  75% 150% 300%    
       
  Illustrative Payouts for Other NEOs (as a % of base salary)  
       
      PERFORMANCE LEVEL  
      BELOW GOAL(1) GOAL(2) ABOVE GOAL(3)    
  Financial Component
(75% Incentive EBIT, 25% Sales)
  20% 53% 120%    
  Personal Performance Component   20% 27% 40%    
  Total   40% 80% 160%    
               

 

(1) Reflects financial performance at 5% below goal and “effective” personal performance.
(2) Reflects financial performance at-goal and “excellent” personal performance.
(3) Reflects financial performance at 5% above goal and “outstanding” personal performance.

 

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Fiscal 2015 Performance Goals and How We Performed in Comparison to These Goals

 

The fiscal STIP goals were reviewed, discussed and approved by the Board at the beginning of the year. When approving these goals, the Board takes into account our business strategies, the economic environment and how the annual goal aligns with our long-range plan.

 

Historically, our STIP goals have proven challenging, with 0% payouts for the Financial Component of STIP for both fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014.

 

With respect to fiscal 2015, Incentive EBIT and Sales goals represented a year-over-year increase in Incentive EBIT of 8.5% and Sales growth of 2.4%, respectively. For context, an 8.5% increase needed for an at-goal payout for Incentive EBIT is higher than any actual year-over-year increase since 2010. Similarly, the 2.4% sales increase needed for an at-goal payout for Sales is higher than any actual year-over-year increase since 2012.

 

                    
  METRIC  GOAL(1)  ACTUAL(1)  PERFORMANCE
RESULT(2)
  WEIGHT  TOTAL
PAYOUT(2)
 
  Incentive EBIT  $5,352   $5,353    100%   75%   100%  
  STIP Sales  $74,359   $74,339    99.9%   25%     
                              

 

(1) In millions.
(2) Expressed as a percentage of goal.

 

Incentive EBIT is EBIT for our single business segment, as determined under GAAP, but it excludes incentive expense. In other words, it represents EBIT on a pre-incentive compensation expense basis.

 

Effective December 16, 2015, CVS Pharmacy, Inc. (CVS) acquired Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses. Because the original goal level of sales assumed that we would have a full year of pharmacy and clinic sales, for purposes of the STIP, the actual sales results were adjusted to include the sales lost to CVS from the effective date of the transaction through the end of the fiscal year to ensure consistent comparison with the sales goal set. Incentive EBIT results were unaffected by the transaction.

 

Fiscal 2016 STIP Design

 

Beginning in fiscal 2016, we replaced the personal performance component of the other NEOs’ STIP with a team scorecard. In tandem, we increased the weight of the financial component from 67% at-goal to 80% at-goal. Our CEO’s STIP remains exclusively tied to Financial Performance.

 

         
  2015   2016  
 

Financial Performance

67% at-goal

Incentive EBIT (75% weight)

Sales (25% weight)

 

Financial Performance

80% at-goal

Incentive EBIT (75% weight)

Sales (25% weight)

 
 

Personal Performance

33% at-goal

 

Team Scorecard

20% at-goal

 
     
         

 

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In order to align our executive officers with our announced strategy and initiatives, team scorecard performance will be based on progress made toward strategic priorities. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee approved this change to address shareholder and proxy advisor feedback to enhance transparency of the plan, to focus the management team around common results, and to increase the overall financial orientation of the program.

 

Additional detail regarding this new component will be described in relation to fiscal 2016 STIP payouts in next year’s proxy statement.

 

Long-Term Incentives

 

To align our executive officers’ pay outcomes with long-term performance, 100% of our annual LTI grant features performance-based metrics and comprises the majority of each NEO’s total compensation.

 

Value of LTI Awarded at Grant

 

In determining the amount of individual LTI awards, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee considered each NEO’s performance during the fiscal year, potential future contributions, historical annual grant amounts and retention considerations, as well as market data for comparable executives from our retail and general industry peer groups. The annual LTI grants are made in January of each year (the last month of our fiscal year) to allow the Committee to include an assessment of our financial performance in determining grant levels.

 

The Human Resources and Compensation Committee made two changes to the NEOs’ annual LTI grants versus the prior year. Mr. Cornell’s LTI grant date present value was increased by $500,000. The grant date present value of this award was used to position Mr. Cornell’s at-goal TDC at roughly the median of our combined retail and general industry peer groups. In addition, Mr. Mulligan’s LTI grant date present value was increased by $1.5 million for assuming additional responsibilities in connection with his new role as Chief Operating Officer.

 

Mix of LTI

 

Once the total annual grant date present value for a NEO is determined, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee grants 75% of this value in PSUs and 25% in PBRSUs. Under this approach, strong long-term performance relative to peers on critical metrics becomes the key driver of compensation realized by executive officers.

 

PSUs

 

Our PSUs have a three-year performance period and are settled in stock. The plan payout is intended to reflect the same key metrics we use to manage our business and drive shareholder returns over time. Each metric is compared relative to our retail peer group. The three relative metrics used in our PSU plan are:

 

Change in Market Share. A company’s change in market share is calculated by determining the difference between (b) and (a) and dividing that difference by (a). The “market” is the sum of domestic net sales for us and our retail peer group.
   
  (a)  The company’s domestic net sales in the baseline year is divided by the market’s domestic net sales for the baseline year.
     
  (b)  The company’s domestic net sales in the final year of the performance period is divided by the market’s domestic net sales for the final year.
     
EPS Growth. The compound annual growth rate of our EPS from continuing operations versus the reported EPS from continuing operations of our retail peer group.
   
After-Tax ROIC. Three-year average net operating profit after-tax (NOPAT) divided by average invested capital for both our results and our retail peer group, excluding discontinued operations.

 

With these three independent metrics, our PSU program supports the critical drivers of our success: to grow top-line relative to the retail sector, to grow it profitably, and to ensure prudent deployment of capital to drive the business.

 

As described on page 39, we sold our pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS in December of 2015. The Change in Market Share and EPS Growth metrics described above will use fiscal 2015 as the baseline year from which we will compare our performance with our retail peer group over the next three years. To normalize our results for the absence of the pharmacy and clinic businesses over the three-year performance period, our baseline fiscal 2015 results will exclude both the pharmacy and clinic sales for all of fiscal 2015, as well as the one-time gain that was recognized on the sale of this business to CVS.

 

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The following example illustrates PSU payouts at various levels of performance:

 

 

For more information about our peer groups, see pages 44-45.

 

2013-2015 PSU Payout

 

We did not achieve our 162(m) threshold for fiscal 2014 required to earn the 2013-2015 PSU payout. In addition, the 2012-2014 and 2014-2016 PSU award cycles were also forfeited.

 

PBRSUs

 

In January 2016, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee granted PBRSU awards in connection with fiscal 2015 performance. The PBRSU amount will be adjusted up or down by 25 percentage points if Target’s TSR is in the top one-third or bottom one-third for the retail peer group, respectively, over the three-year vesting period. These stock-settled awards cliff vest three years from the date of grant.

 

     
  PBRSU Payout Schedule  
  TSR PERFORMANCE RANKING(1) PERCENT OF GOAL  
  1-6 125%  
  7-12 100%  
  13-18 75%  
       

 

(1) The retail peers for PBRSUs exclude Publix. The value of Publix’s stock price is established on an annual basis, making them an inappropriate comparator for the purpose of assessing our relative TSR performance.

 

We did not achieve our 162(m) threshold for fiscal 2014 required to earn a payout for the 2014-2016 PBRSU performance period, so the PBRSUs for that performance period were forfeited.

 

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Strategic Alignment Awards

 

Strategic Alignment Awards were granted in March 2015, recognizing a change in leadership and a refocused strategy following the exit from Canada. Payout of these awards is based on important absolute metrics, each selected to drive focused outcomes that complement the relative performance metrics in our annual LTI awards. The payouts up to 150% of goal will be assessed based on three core metrics, as outlined below, with an additional ability to earn up to 200% of goal payout with an after-tax ROIC modifier.

 

             
  METRIC   IMPORTANCE   PERFORMANCE GOALS  
  Total Sales Growth   Drive sales through a focus on signature categories, increased personalization, and localization   Goal: 3% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
Maximum: 4.5% CAGR
No payout for 0% CAGR
 
  Digital Channel Sales Growth   Continued focus on omnichannel strategy that enables our guests to engage with Target anywhere, anytime   Goal: 30% CAGR
Maximum: 45% CAGR
No payout for 0% CAGR
 
  Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) Growth   Ensure that we are growing sales profitably, and optimizing expenses to fuel this profitable growth   Goal: increase Segment EBIT by $500 million (2016 v. 2014), surpassing all time high EBIT performance
Maximum: $750 million increase
No payout for $0 increase
 
  Return on Invested Capital Modifier   Invest smartly in our business, effectively allocating capital to drive profit   To earn additional upside, requires at least 13.75% for fiscal 2016, representing the highest in recent history at the time they were granted  
             

 

In March 2015, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the independent members of the Board approved Strategic Alignment Awards for our active executive officers at that time. As described in last year’s CD&A, Strategic Alignment Awards were granted in March 2015 to connect the management team’s pay with its performance in achieving goals designed to re-position Target and drive long-term growth consistent with our key priorities. The awards were in addition to annual LTI grants, and were granted off-cycle to allow the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and full Board to carefully consider this matter in the context of Target’s full year financial performance, as well as to gain input from shareholders in advance of making the awards. In addition to aligning pay with performance, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee considered the overall retentive value of the awards in a key time of transition.

 

Based on our extensive dialogue with shareholders on this matter, we proactively disclosed detailed information about these awards throughout last year’s CD&A; however, the grant date fair values appear in the compensation tables of this proxy statement since they were granted in fiscal 2015. Accordingly, the Stock Awards column of the Summary Compensation Table on page 47 includes the grant date fair values for the Strategic Alignment Awards and annual LTI grants made in January 2016.

 

Specifically, in March 2015, our active NEOs received these performance-based awards with grant date present values as follows: Mr. Cornell – $3.75 million, Mr. Mulligan – $3 million, Mr. Jones – $2.85 million, and Mr. Baer – $2.5 million. Strategic Alignment Awards were also granted as sign-on compensation to Mr. McNamara – $2.5 million in June 2015, and Ms. Smith – $1 million in September 2015, to align the management team around these common goals.

 

The grants are based on performance, have a two-year performance period and are settled in stock. The two-year performance period and performance metrics are explicitly designed to align with timing and metrics that drive the transformational plan set by our CEO and Board that was announced in March 2015. A two-year performance period bolsters the performance-based nature of our executive pay program as all other outstanding LTI with active performance metrics at the time of grant did not vest until 2018.

 

The Strategic Alignment Awards are forfeited if termination occurs prior to the conclusion of the performance period, except in the event of death and disability.

 

Competitive Sign-On Compensation Related to New Hires

 

On June 3, 2015, Mr. McNamara joined Target as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. To attract Mr. McNamara to Target, he received a sign-on bonus of $750,000, pro-rata equity grants consisting of PSUs and PBRSUs valued at $2.2 million and a Strategic Alignment Award valued at $2.5 million.

 

On September 1, 2015, Ms. Smith joined Target as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. To attract Ms. Smith to Target, she received a sign-on bonus of $500,000, pro-rata equity grants consisting of PSUs and PBRSUs valued at $1.4 million and a Strategic Alignment Award valued at $1 million.

 

Sign-on compensation for Mr. McNamara and Ms. Smith is reflective of their respective significant retail experiences and was designed to orient a meaningful portion of their compensation to common goals shared by the other NEOs on terms consistent with the awards granted to Target’s other executive officers in January 2015 and the Strategic Alignment Awards granted in March 2015. Mr. McNamara and Ms. Smith also received relocation benefits.

 

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OTHER BENEFIT ELEMENTS

 

We offer other benefit components designed to encourage retention of key talent including:

 

Pension plan. No pension plan is available to any employee hired after January 2009. We maintain a pension plan for team members hired prior to January 2009 who meet certain eligibility criteria. We also maintain supplemental pension plans for those team members who are subject to IRS limits on the basic pension plan or whose pensions are adversely impacted by participating in our deferred compensation plan. Our pension formula under these plans is the same for all participants—there are no enhanced benefits provided to executive officers beyond extending the pension formula to earnings above the qualified plan limits.
   
401(k) plan. Available to all team members who work more than 1,000 hours for the company. There is no enhanced benefit for executives.
   
Deferred compensation plan. For a broad management group (approximately 3,500 eligible team members), we offer a non-qualified, unfunded, individual account deferred compensation plan. The plan has investment options that mirror our 401(k) plan.
   
Perquisites. We provide certain perquisites to our executive officers, principally to allow them to devote more time to our business and to promote their health and safety. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee reviews these perquisites annually to ensure they are consistent with our philosophy and appropriate in magnitude. Mr. Cornell is only eligible for perquisites that support his safety, health and well-being — home security, parking, executive physical, exercise room access and personal use of company-owned aircraft for security reasons. Mr. Cornell is required to reimburse Target for the incremental costs of using company-owned aircraft for personal purposes if his personal use exceeds $175,000 per year. Mr. Cornell did not exceed that amount in fiscal 2015.

 

Greater detail on these components is provided in the tables that follow the Summary Compensation Table on page 47.

 

Income Continuance

 

None of our NEOs has an employment contract, enhanced change-of-control benefits or rights to tax gross-ups. We provide an Income Continuance Policy (ICP) to executive officers who are involuntarily terminated without cause to assist in their occupational transitions. The maximum payment under this policy (paid during regular pay cycles over two years) is two times the sum of base salary and the average of the last three years of short-term incentive and personal performance payments. In addition, any NEO who receives severance payments under our ICP also receives a $30,000 allowance for outplacement services.

 

COMPENSATION GOVERNANCE

 

Process for Determining Executive Compensation (Including NEOs)

 

Human Resources and Compensation Committee

 

The Human Resources and Compensation Committee is responsible for determining the composition and value of our non-CEO executive officer pay packages and for developing a recommendation for our CEO’s pay package that is reviewed and approved by the independent directors of the full Board. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee receives assistance from two sources: (a) an independent compensation consulting firm, Semler Brossy Consulting Group (SBCG); and (b) our internal executive compensation staff, led by our Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer. All decisions regarding executive compensation and final recommendations to the independent members of the full Board are made solely by the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee may not delegate its primary responsibility of overseeing executive officer compensation, but it may delegate to management the administrative aspects of our compensation plans that do not involve the setting of compensation levels for executive officers.

 

Human Resources and Compensation Committee’s Independent Consultant

 

SBCG has been retained by and reports directly to the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and does not have any other consulting engagements with management or Target. The Committee assessed SBCG’s independence in light of the SEC and NYSE listing standards and determined that no conflict of interest or independence concerns exist.

 

With respect to CEO compensation, SBCG provides an independent recommendation to the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, in the form of a range of possible outcomes, for the Human Resources and Compensation Committee’s consideration. In developing its recommendation, SBCG relies on its understanding of Target’s business and compensation programs and SBCG’s independent research and analysis. SBCG does not meet with our CEO with respect to CEO compensation. SBCG also provides an independent assessment of the CEO’s recommendations on NEO compensation to the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

 

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Compensation of Other Executive Officers and Role of Management

 

In developing compensation recommendations for other executive officers, the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer provides our CEO with market data on pay levels and compensation design practices provided by management’s external compensation consultants, Willis Towers Watson and Hay Group, covering our retail and general industry peer group companies. Management’s outside consultants do not have any interaction with either the Human Resources and Compensation Committee or our CEO, but do interact with the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and her staff. In addition to providing market data, management’s external compensation consultants perform other services for Target unrelated to the determination of executive compensation.

 

Our Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and the CEO work together to develop our CEO’s compensation recommendations to the Human Resources and Compensation Committee for other executive officers. The CEO alone is responsible for providing final compensation recommendations for the other executive officers to the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

 

Benchmarking Using Compensation Peer Groups

 

Peer group market positioning is another important factor considered in determining each executive officer’s TDC.

 

The TDC levels and elements described in the preceding pages are evaluated annually for each executive officer relative to our retail and general industry peer group companies. The market comparisons are determined by use of compensation data obtained from publicly available proxy statements analyzed by SBCG and proprietary survey data assembled by Willis Towers Watson and Hay Group.

 

Due to a range of factors, including the scope of NEO positions, tenure in role and company-specific concerns, there is an imperfect comparability of NEO positions between companies. As such, market position served as a reference point in the TDC determination process rather than a formula-driven outcome.

 

100% of our annual LTI program features performance-based metrics and is tied to relative performance versus the retail peer group. The retail peer group was formulated based on an initial screen of companies in the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) retailing index with revenue from core retail operations greater than $15 billion. The retail peer group is also used within our LTI plans. Target’s relative performance compared to this peer group on key metrics determines overall payout for our PSU and PBRSU awards.

 

General industry companies are also included as a peer group because they represent companies with whom we compete for talent. Like the selected retailers, the general industry companies are large and among the leaders in their industries.

 

The composition of the peer groups is reviewed annually to ensure it is appropriate in terms of company size and business focus, and any changes made are reviewed with SBCG and approved by the Compensation Committee. The companies included in the 2015 market comparisons are listed below.

 

               
  2015 Peer Groups  
           
  RETAIL   GENERAL INDUSTRY  
  Amazon.com, Inc.   Lowe’s Companies, Inc.   3M Company   Johnson Controls, Inc.  
  Best Buy Co., Inc.   Macy’s, Inc.   Abbott Laboratories   McDonald’s Corporation  
  Costco Wholesale Corporation   Publix Super Markets, Inc.   Anthem, Inc.   MetLife, Inc.  
  CVS Health Corporation   Rite Aid Corporation   Archer-Daniels-Midland Company   Mondelez International, Inc.  
  Dollar General Corporation   Sears Holdings Corporation   The Coca-Cola Company   PepsiCo, Inc.  
  The Gap, Inc.   Staples, Inc.   Deere & Company   Pfizer Inc.  
  The Home Depot, Inc.   The TJX Companies, Inc.   The Dow Chemical Company   The Procter & Gamble Company  
  Kohl’s Corporation   Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.   Express Scripts Holding Company   Time Warner Inc.  
  The Kroger Co.   Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.   FedEx Corporation   United Parcel Services, Inc.  
          General Mills, Inc.   UnitedHealth Group Incorporated  
          Johnson & Johnson   United Technologies Corporation  
                   

 

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The following table summarizes our scale relative to our retail and general industry peer groups. The financial information reflects fiscal year end data available as of January 30, 2016:

 

       
    2015 Peer Group Comparison(1)(2)  
    RETAIL GENERAL INDUSTRY  
    REVENUES MARKET CAP EMPLOYEES REVENUES MARKET CAP EMPLOYEES  
  25th Percentile $ 27,316 $ 8,562 121,000 $ 32,427 $ 35,384 54,212  
  Median   36,330   20,002 154,100   53,886   57,044 96,900  
  75th Percentile   96,216   72,986 197,000   73,735   106,680 162,250  
  Target Corporation $ 73,785 $ 41,922 341,000 $ 73,785 $ 41,922 341,000  
                         

 

(1) All amounts in millions, except employees.
(2) Data Source: Equilar

 

Shareholder Outreach

 

As discussed on page 16, we regularly engage in outreach efforts with our shareholders, both large and small, relating to a variety of topics and involve one or more independent directors in these conversations as appropriate. Compensation-related topics covered as part of these outreach efforts commonly include the results of our most recent Say on Pay vote, the impact of our business strategies on compensation decisions, our overall compensation framework, developments in the competitive compensation environment including third party policies on compensation practices, and contemplated changes to our compensation practices. We use the information gathered through these outreach efforts to help inform our compensation decisions. For example, shareholder feedback gained in 2015 informed key compensation decisions made during the March 2015 Human Resources and Compensation Committee meeting, resulting in a special one-time grant of Strategic Alignment Awards to executive officers. In the course of our discussions with shareholders since the 2015 Say on Pay vote, in which 96.6% of shareholder votes were cast in support, we have received positive feedback on the current design of our compensation program. We value the feedback provided by our shareholders and look forward to continued, open dialogue on compensation matters and other issues relevant to our business.

 

Compensation Policies and Risk

 

As part of our regular review of our compensation practices, we conducted an analysis of whether our compensation policies and practices for our employees create material risks to the company. The results of this analysis, which concluded that our policies and practices do not create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the company, were reviewed by the Human Resources and Compensation Committee’s independent consultant and discussed with the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. More specifically, this conclusion was based on the following considerations:

 

       
  COMPENSATION RISK CONSIDERATIONS  
  Pay Mix Compensation mix of base salary and short-term and long-term incentives provides compensation opportunities measured by a variety of time horizons to balance our near-term and long-term strategic goals.  
  Performance Metrics A variety of distinct performance metrics are used in both the short-term and long-term incentive plans. This “portfolio” approach to performance metrics encourages focus on sustained and holistic overall company performance.  
  Performance Goals Goals are approved by our independent directors and take into account our historical performance, current strategic initiatives and the expected macroeconomic environment. In addition, short-term and long-term incentive compensation programs are designed with payout curves and leverage that support our pay for performance philosophy.  
  Equity Incentives Equity incentive programs and stock ownership guidelines are designed to align management and shareholder interests by providing vehicles for executive officers to accumulate and maintain an ownership position in the company.  
  Risk Mitigation Policies We incorporate several risk mitigation policies into our officer compensation program, including:  
    •  The Human Resources and Compensation Committee’s ability to use “negative discretion” to determine appropriate payouts under formula-based plans;  
    •  A clawback policy to recover incentive compensation that was based on inaccurate financial statements;  
    •  Stock ownership guidelines for executive officers and directors; and  
    •  Anti-hedging and anti-pledging policies.  
       

 

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Clawback Policy

 

Our clawback policy, which covers all officers, allows for recovery of the following compensation elements:

 

  All amounts paid under the Short-Term Incentive Plan (including any discretionary payments) that were paid with respect to any fiscal year that is restated; and
     
  All awards under the Long-Term Incentive Plan whether exercised, vested, unvested, or deferred.

 

All demands for repayment are subject to Human Resources and Compensation Committees discretion. For an officer to be subject to recovery or cancellation under this policy, he or she must have engaged in intentional misconduct that contributed to the need for a restatement of our consolidated financial statements.

 

Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging Policy

 

Executive officers and members of the Board of Directors may not directly or indirectly engage in capital transactions intended to hedge or offset the market value of Target common stock owned by them, nor may they pledge Target common stock owned by them as collateral for any loan. In compliance with this policy, none of our executive officers or members of the Board of Directors have any hedges or pledges of Target common stock.

 

Grant Timing Practices

 

We have the following practices regarding the timing of equity compensation grants. These practices have not been formalized in a written policy, but they are strictly observed.

 

  Our annual LTI grant is made on the date of our regularly scheduled January Board of Directors meeting. These meetings are scheduled more than one year in advance.
     
  We have no practice or policy of coordinating or timing the release of company information around our grant dates.
     
  On occasion we grant equity compensation outside of our annual LTI grant cycle for new hires, promotions, recognition, retention or other purposes. If the grant date is after the approval date, it must be on a date specified at the time of approval.

 

Compensation Tax Policy

 

Our short-term and long-term compensation programs, including the compensation paid in fiscal 2015, are intended to qualify as deductible performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). These compensation programs are generally structured such that executive officers are entitled to receive a maximum payout amount upon achievement of a minimum performance condition determined by the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. The Human Resources and Compensation Committee then uses its negative discretion to determine the actual payout amount. The performance objectives that are communicated to our executive officers, which are described in detail above, guide the Human Resources and Compensation Committee’s exercise of its negative discretion to determine the actual payouts. We may provide non-deductible compensation in situations the Human Resources and Compensation Committee or our Board of Directors believes appropriate.

 

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COMPENSATION TABLES

 

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

 

The following Summary Compensation table contains values calculated and disclosed according to SEC reporting requirements. Salary, Bonus, and Non-Equity Incentive Plan compensation amounts reflect the compensation earned during each fiscal year. Stock Awards reflect awards with a grant date during each fiscal year.

 

It is important to note that the “Stock Awards” column, which is computed using grant date fair value:

 

 Includes Strategic Alignment Awards for 2015 in addition to the regular 2015 annual grant amount, as described in Note 1. Strategic Alignment Awards were one-time in nature and made off-cycle, and have the effect of causing the amounts for 2015 to be higher.

 

 Does not account for awards that were forfeited after grant. For example, the amounts for 2013 include PSUs and PBRSUs that were forfeited due to our financial performance not meeting the 162(m) threshold for fiscal 2014.

 

                                         
  NAME AND
PRINCIPAL POSITION
  FISCAL YEAR   SALARY   BONUS(2)   STOCK
AWARDS(1)(4)(5)
  OPTION
AWARDS(4)
  NON-EQUITY
INCENTIVE PLAN
COMPENSATION(6)
  CHANGE IN
PENSION
VALUE AND
NONQUALIFIED
DEFERRED
COMPENSATION
EARNINGS(7)
  ALL OTHER
COMPENSATION(8)
  TOTAL  
  Brian C. Cornell
Chairman &
Chief Executive
Officer
  2015   $ 1,300,000   $ 0   $ 13,422,958   $ 0   $ 1,950,000   $ 0   $ 273,379   $ 16,946,337  
    2014   $ 595,000   $ 48,390   $ 27,354,887   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 165,747   $ 28,164,024  
                                                       
  Catherine R. Smith
Executive Vice
President &
Chief Financial
Officer(3)
  2015   $ 290,000   $ 608,750   $ 5,683,978   $ 0   $ 161,313   $ 0   $ 788,775   $ 7,532,815  
                                                       
                                                       
  John J. Mulligan
Executive Vice
President &
Chief Operating
Officer(3)
  2015   $ 1,000,000   $ 387,000   $ 8,091,035   $ 0   $ 534,000   $ 4,063   $ 377,385   $ 10,393,482  
    2014   $ 919,231   $ 400,000   $ 4,555,603   $ 0   $ 0   $ 89,446   $ 328,348   $ 6,292,627  
    2013   $ 700,000   $ 150,000   $ 3,505,105   $ 0   $ 0   $ 5,465   $ 273,286   $ 4,633,856  
  Michael E. McNamara
Executive Vice
President & Chief
Information Officer
  2015   $ 468,462   $ 924,000   $ 8,015,929   $ 0   $ 258,100   $ 0   $ 293,636   $ 9,960,127  
                                                       
                                                       
  Jeffrey J. Jones II
Executive Vice
President &
Chief Marketing
Officer
  2015   $ 725,000   $ 280,575   $ 6,159,313   $ 0   $ 387,150   $ 0   $ 121,123   $ 7,673,161  
    2014   $ 700,000   $ 290,000   $ 3,301,716   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 67,343   $ 4,359,059  
    2013   $ 700,000   $ 0   $ 3,505,105   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 87,169   $ 4,292,275  
  Timothy R. Baer
Executive Vice
President, Chief
Legal Officer &
Corporate Secretary 
  2015   $ 675,000   $ 261,225   $ 5,300,173   $ 0   $ 360,450   $ 104,308   $ 737,675   $ 7,438,832  
                                                       
                                                       
                                                         

 

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(1)The amounts in the “Stock Awards” column shows the aggregate grant date fair value of awards made in each fiscal year, and does not take into account a number of unusual events that have affected the awards in each of the three years provided. The following table shows the components of the “Stock Awards” amount reported for 2015 in order to isolate the amounts that are attributable to the 2015 annual grant from the amounts that are one-time or new hire compensation.

 

                     
          COMPONENTS OF AMOUNT REPORTED
IN 2015 STOCK AWARDS COLUMN
 
                     
      AMOUNT REPORTED   ONE-TIME STRATEGIC          
      IN 2015 STOCK   ALIGNMENT AWARD   NEW HIRE PRO-RATED   2015 ANNUAL GRANT  
  NAME   AWARDS COLUMN   AMOUNT   GRANT AMOUNT   AMOUNT  
  Mr. Cornell   $ 13,422,958     $ 3,750,014       N/A     $ 9,672,944    
  Ms. Smith   $ 5,683,978     $ 1,000,046     $ 1,374,691     $ 3,309,240    
  Mr. Mulligan   $ 8,091,035     $ 3,000,011       N/A     $ 5,091,024    
  Mr. McNamara   $ 8,015,929     $ 2,500,026     $ 2,206,663     $ 3,309,240    
  Mr. Jones   $ 6,159,313     $ 2,850,073       N/A     $ 3,309,240    
  Mr. Baer   $ 5,300,173     $ 2,500,035       N/A     $ 2,800,137    
                                     

 

The “Stock Awards” amount for Mr. Cornell for 2014 is larger than a typical year because it includes both his hiring compensation (a portion of which was forfeited due to our financial performance not meeting the 162(m) threshold in 2014) and the annual PSU and PBRSU grants granted in January 2015. The amounts for 2013 include the PSUs and PBRSUs granted in January 2014 and the PSUs granted in March 2013 relating to the 2012 annual grant, even though both sets of grants were forfeited due to our financial performance not meeting the 162(m) threshold in 2014.

 

(2)For NEOs other than our CEO, the “Bonus” amount shows actual payouts earned under the personal component of our Short-Term Incentive Plan. The CEO has no personal component to his Short-Term Incentive Plan payout. Fiscal 2015 is the only year of the last three years in which our NEOs earned a payout under the personal component of our Short-Term Incentive Plan. For Ms. Smith and Mr. McNamara, the “Bonus” amount for 2015 also includes $500,000 and $750,000, respectively, for sign-on bonuses included in their hiring compensation.

 

(3)On September 1, 2015, Ms. Smith became Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Mulligan is a named executive officer because he was our Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer until August  31,  2015, although he would also have been a NEO due to his compensation had he not served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for part of fiscal 2015.

 

(4)Amounts represent the aggregate grant date fair value of awards made each fiscal year, as computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. See Note 26, Share Based Compensation, to our consolidated financial statements for fiscal 2015 and Note 24, Share Based Compensation, to our consolidated financial statements for fiscal 2014 for a description of our accounting and the assumptions used.

 

(5)Represents the aggregate grant date fair value of Strategic Alignment Awards, PSUs and PBRSUs that were computed based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions as of the grant date. Actual payments will be based on degree of attainment of the performance conditions and our stock price on the settlement date. The Strategic Alignment Awards, which were an off-cycle grant, causes the amounts for 2015 to be higher. Additionally, the amounts for 2013 include the PSUs and PBRSUs granted in January 2014, even though they were forfeited due to our not meeting the 162(m) threshold for fiscal 2014.

 

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The range of payments for the Strategic Alignment Awards and PSUs granted in fiscal 2015 is as follows:

 

                
       MINIMUM  AMOUNT  MAXIMUM  
  NAME   AMOUNT  REPORTED  AMOUNT  
  Mr. Cornell                 
  Strategic Alignment Award Granted 3/11/15  $0   $3,750,014   $7,500,028   
  PSU Granted 1/13/16  $0   $7,125,015   $12,468,776   
  Ms. Smith                 
  Strategic Alignment Award Granted 9/1/15  $0   $1,000,046   $2,000,092   
  PSU Granted 9/1/15  $0   $1,012,558   $1,771,976   
  PSU Granted 1/13/16  $0   $2,437,541   $4,265,697   
  Mr. Mulligan                 
  Strategic Alignment Award Granted 3/11/15  $0   $3,000,011   $6,000,022   
  PSU Granted 1/13/16  $0   $3,750,008   $6,562,514   
  Mr. McNamara                 
  Strategic Alignment Award Granted 6/4/15  $0   $2,500,026   $5,000,051   
  PSU Granted 6/4/15  $0   $1,625,261   $2,844,207   
  PSU Granted 1/13/16  $0   $2,437,541   $4,265,697   
  Mr. Jones                 
  Strategic Alignment Award Granted 3/11/15  $0   $2,850,073   $5,700,146   
  PSU Granted 1/13/16  $0   $2,437,541   $4,265,697   
  Mr. Baer                 
  Strategic Alignment Award Granted 3/11/15  $0   $2,500,035   $5,000,071   
  PSU Granted 1/13/16  $0   $2,062,540   $3,609,446   
                      

 

(6)The “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” amount shows actual payouts earned under the financial component of our Short-Term Incentive Plan. Fiscal 2015 is the only year of the last three years in which our NEOs earned a payout under the financial component our Short-Term Incentive Plan.

 

(7)For fiscal 2015, the following amounts are related to the change in the qualified pension plan value:

 

   CHANGE IN PENSION   
  NAMEVALUE   
  Mr. Mulligan  $4,063   
  Mr. Baer  $104,308   
          

 

Mr. Cornell, Ms. Smith, Mr. McNamara and Mr. Jones are not eligible for the Target Corporation Pension Plan or any supplemental pension plans because they were hired after January 2009. Consistent with applicable law, the accrued benefits under the pension plan cannot be reduced; however, the present value of the benefit is dependent on the discount rate used. The discount rates used in fiscal 2015, 2014 and 2013 were 4.71%, 3.87% and 4.77%, respectively. The Change in Pension Value column reflects the additional pension benefits attributable to additional service, increases in eligible earnings and changes in the discount rate.

 

(8)The amounts reported for fiscal 2015 include matching credits of up to a maximum of 5% of cash compensation allocated between the Target 401(k) Plan and our current executive deferred compensation plan (EDCP), the dollar value of life insurance premiums paid by Target, credits to the EDCP representing annual changes in supplemental pension plan values, relocation benefits and perquisites.

 

                              
  NAME  MATCH CREDITS  LIFE INSURANCE  SPP CREDITS  RELOCATION  PERQUISITES   TOTAL   
  Mr. Cornell  $66,770  $22,624  $0        $0         $183,985  $273,379   
  Ms. Smith  $0  $2,540  $0  $784,675  $1,561  $788,775   
  Mr. Mulligan  $70,096  $35,275  $228,157  $0  $43,857  $377,385   
  Mr. McNamara  $0  $3,925  $0  $271,229  $18,482  $293,636   
  Mr. Jones  $50,733  $17,114  $0  $0  $53,276  $121,123   
  Mr. Baer  $47,120  $64,653  $578,785  $0  $47,117  $737,675   
                              

 

Supplemental Pension Plans. The SPP Credits for our NEOs represent additional accruals of supplemental pension plan benefits under the Target Corporation Supplemental Pension Plan I (SPP I) and the Target Corporation Supplemental Pension Plan II (SPP II) that are credited to their deferred compensation accounts. These benefits are based on our normal pension formula, so they are affected by final average pay, service, age and changes in interest rates. See the narrative following the Pension Benefits for Fiscal 2015 table for more information about our pension plans.

 

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Relocation. In connection with the hiring and appointment of Ms. Smith as our Chief Financial Officer and Mr. McNamara as our Chief Information Officer, we paid direct expenses of $252,382 and $121,229, respectively, related to their relocations to facilitate moves to our corporate office in Minnesota, including commuting costs. In addition, we provided relocation support to Ms. Smith of $532,292 and a lump sum relocation allowance of $150,000 to Mr. McNamara. The entire relocation benefit is subject to repayment if the recipient voluntarily leaves Target at any time during the recipient’s first 36 months with the company. No tax gross-up is provided for these relocation benefits.

 

Perquisites. The perquisites for our NEOs other than Mr. Cornell consist of a company-provided car or car allowance, reimbursement of financial management expenses, reimbursement of home security expenses, on-site parking, on-site exercise room, spousal travel on business trips, limited personal use of company-owned aircraft and executive physicals. Mr. Cornell is only eligible for perquisites that support his safety, health and well-being—reimbursement of home security expenses, on-site parking, executive physical, on-site exercise room, and personal use of company-owned aircraft for security reasons. Mr. Cornell is required to reimburse Target for the incremental costs of using company-owned aircraft for personal purposes if his personal use exceeds $175,000 per year. As part of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee’s annual assessment of perquisites, automobile and automobile allowances will be eliminated from executive officer perquisites starting in fiscal 2016. The only individual perquisite that exceeded $25,000 was Mr. Cornell’s personal use of company-owned aircraft for security reasons, which amounted to $161,873. No tax gross-up is provided on this perquisite.

 

The dollar amount of perquisites represents the incremental cost of providing the perquisite. We generally measure incremental cost by the additional variable costs attributable to personal use, and we disregard fixed costs that do not change based on usage. Incremental cost for personal use of company-owned aircraft was determined by including fuel cost, landing fees, on-board catering and variable maintenance costs attributable to personal flights and related unoccupied positioning, or “deadhead,” flights. In addition to the perquisites included in the table in this footnote, the NEOs occasionally use support staff time for personal matters, principally to allow them to devote more time to our business, and receive personal use of empty seats on business flights of company-owned aircraft and personal use of event tickets when such tickets are not being used for business purposes, each of which are benefits for which we have no incremental cost.

 

GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS IN FISCAL 2015

 

                                         
                                GRANT DATE  
          ESTIMATED POSSIBLE PAYOUTS   ESTIMATED FUTURE PAYOUTS   FAIR VALUE  
    GRANT   UNDER NON-EQUITY INCENTIVE   UNDER EQUITY INCENTIVE   OF STOCK  
  NAME   DATE   PLAN AWARDS(1)   PLAN AWARDS(2)   AWARDS(3)  
                        THRESHOLD   TARGET   MAXIMUM        
            THRESHOLD   TARGET   MAXIMUM   (#)   (#)   (#)        
  Brian C. Cornell   3/11/15     $ 975,000   $ 1,950,000   $ 5,200,000                      
      3/11/15                         0     48,145   96,290   $ 3,750,014  
      1/13/16                         24,610     32,813   41,017   $ 2,547,929  
      1/13/16                         0     98,439   172,269   $ 7,125,015  
  Catherine R. Smith   9/1/15 (4)    $ 60,417   $ 161,313   $ 1,127,677                        
      9/1/15 (4)                        3,339     4,451   5,564   $ 362,133  
      9/1/15 (4)                        0     13,353   23,368   $ 1,012,558  
      9/1/15 (4)                        0     13,188   26,376   $ 1,000,046  
      1/13/16                         8,420     11,226   14,033   $ 871,699  
      1/13/16                         0     33,677   58,935   $ 2,437,541  
  John J. Mulligan   3/11/15     $ 200,000   $ 534,000   $ 3,733,000                        
      3/11/15                         0     38,516   77,032   $ 3,000,011  
      1/13/16                         12,953     17,270   21,588   $ 1,341,016  
      1/13/16                         0     51,810   90,668   $ 3,750,008  
  Michael E. McNamara   6/4/15 (4)    $ 96,667   $ 258,100   $ 1,804,283                        
      6/4/15 (4)                        5,075     6,766   8,458   $ 581,402  
      6/4/15 (4)                        0     20,298   35,522   $ 1,625,261  
      6/4/15 (4)                        0     31,223   62,446   $ 2,500,026  
      1/13/16                         8,420     11,226   14,033   $ 871,699  
      1/13/16                         0     33,677   58,935   $ 2,437,541  
  Jeffrey J. Jones II   3/11/15     $ 145,000   $ 387,150   $ 2,706,425                        
      3/11/15                         0     36,591   73,182   $ 2,850,073  
      1/13/16                         8,420     11,226   14,033   $ 871,699  
      1/13/16                         0     33,677   58,935   $ 2,437,541  
  Timothy R. Baer   3/11/15     $ 135,000   $ 360,450   $ 2,519,775                        
      3/11/15                         0     32,097   64,194   $ 2,500,035  
      1/13/16                         7,125     9,499   11,874   $ 737,597  
      1/13/16                         0     28,496   49,868   $ 2,062,540  
                                                   

 

(1)Awards represent potential payments under the current Target Corporation Officer Short-Term Incentive Plan (STIP). Payments are based on specified target levels of Incentive EBIT and Sales, as described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis. Executive officers must be employed on the date the payments are made (typically in March of each year with respect to the preceding fiscal year) to be eligible for a payment, except in the event of death, disability or retirement eligibility (termination other than for cause after age 55 with at least five years of service). The maximum payment is the annual plan maximum, which is generally four times salary less, for executive officers other than our CEO, the minimum personal performance bonus payable as a condition to receiving a financial performance payout under the STIP.

 

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(2) Awards represent potential payments under Strategic Alignment Awards, PSUs and PBRSUs granted under our Amended and Restated 2011 Long-Term Incentive Plan in fiscal 2015. See the Compensation Discussion and Analysis for a more detailed description of the performance measures for those awards. The other terms of the Strategic Alignment Awards, PSUs and PBRSUs are described in Note 3 to the Outstanding Equity Awards at 2015 Fiscal Year-End table.
   
(3) Grant date fair value for Strategic Alignments Awards, PSUs and PBRSUs was determined pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 718.
   
(4) Awards represent the potential payments under the equity grants made to Ms. Smith and Mr. McNamara in connection with their hire dates of September 1, 2015 and June 3, 2015, respectively. Each received a pro-rata equity grant consisting of PSUs and PBRSUs on terms consistent with the awards granted to Target’s other executive officers in January 2015, as well as Strategic Alignments Awards consistent with those granted to Target’s other executive officers in March 2015.

 

OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT 2015 FISCAL YEAR-END

 

     OPTION AWARDS  STOCK AWARDS 
  NAME  NUMBER OF
SECURITIES
UNDERLYING
UNEXERCISED
OPTIONS(#)
EXERCISABLE(1)
  NUMBER OF
SECURITIES
UNDERLYING
UNEXERCISED
OPTIONS(#)
UNEXERCISABLE(1)
  OPTION
EXERCISE
PRICE
  OPTION
EXPIRATION
DATE
  NUMBER OF
SHARES OR
UNITS OF
STOCK THAT
HAVE NOT
VESTED(#)(2)
  MARKET
VALUE OF
SHARES OR
UNITS OF
STOCK THAT
HAVE NOT
VESTED
  EQUITY
INCENTIVE
PLAN AWARDS:
NUMBER OF
UNEARNED
SHARES, UNITS
OR OTHER
RIGHTS THAT
HAVE NOT
VESTED(#)(3)
  EQUITY
INCENTIVE
PLAN
AWARDS:
MARKET OR
PAYOUT
VALUE OF
UNEARNED
SHARES,
UNITS OR
OTHER
RIGHTS THAT
HAVE NOT
VESTED(3)
 
  Brian C.                               521,545   $37,770,289 
  Cornell                                      
  Catherine R.                               89,426   $6,476,231 
  Smith                                      
  John J.   10,228    0    $48.89   01/09/2018   12,420   $899,456    196,317   $14,217,277 
  Mulligan   3,645    0    $54.87   09/02/2018                    
      1,784    0    $42.05   08/10/2019                    
      10,406    0    $49.41   01/13/2020                    
      9,466    0    $53.36   08/09/2020                    
      11,557    0    $55.46   01/12/2021                    
      29,833    0    $48.88   01/11/2022                    
      76,983    0    $50.51