|TARGET CORP filed this Form 8-K on 07/31/2014|
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) July 29, 2014
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On July 31, 2014 Target Corporation (Target) announced that Brian C. Cornell has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer effective August 12, 2014. Mr. Cornell has also been elected to the Board of Directors of Target and been named chairman of the Board, also effective August 12, 2014. Prior to joining Target, Mr. Cornell, 55, served as chief executive officer of Pepsico Americas Foods, a division of Pepsico, Inc., from March 2012 until July 2014. From April 2009 to January 2012 Mr. Cornell served as chief executive officer and president of Sams Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and as an executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. A copy of Targets press release announcing this event, which contains additional information on Mr. Cornells background, is attached as Exhibit 99 and incorporated herein by reference.
In connection with this appointment, Mr. Cornell will receive an annual base salary of $1,300,000, will be eligible for a pro-rated annual cash incentive under Targets Officer Short-Term Incentive Plan for fiscal 2014 with a target incentive opportunity of 150% of base salary, and will be granted stock-based awards under Targets 2011 Long-Term Incentive Plan having a target payout value of $3,750,000. The stock-based awards will consist of performance share units (75% of grant value) and performance based restricted stock units (25% of grant value), on terms consistent with the awards granted to Targets other executive officers in January 2014. The Board has also agreed to grant stock-based awards to Mr. Cornell for fiscal 2015, at the time annual grants are made to executive officers generally, with a target value of $9,000,000, such awards to be on the same terms and in the same form as are made to other executive officers. Mr. Cornell will be an at-will employee of Target, and will have no specified term as chief executive officer. He will be eligible for benefits under Targets Officer Income Continuance Policy and other benefits available to executive officers generally.
To compensate Mr. Cornell for incentive awards from his former employer that he will be forfeiting, the Board has agreed to provide Mr. Cornell with a Make-Whole Equity Grant and a Make-Whole Pro-Rata Annual Bonus Payment. The Make-Whole Equity Grant will have a value of $19,250,000 less the target value of any incentive awards from his former employer that he is eligible to retain (which has not been determined as of the date of this filing). The Make-Whole Equity Grant will consist of two components: (i) 30% will be in the form of restricted stock units that will vest in March 2015; and (ii) 70% will be in the form of performance based restricted stock units that will vest in 1/3 increments in March 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, subject to his continued employment through the applicable vesting dates. Performance based restricted stock units have a variable payout ranging from 75% to 125% of the target value depending on whether Targets total return to shareholders is in the bottom, middle or top third of its retail peer group. If Mr. Cornells employment is involuntarily terminated without cause before an applicable vesting date, Mr. Cornell will receive 100% of the unvested restricted stock units, and 50% of the unvested performance based restricted stock units. The Make-Whole Pro-Rata Annual Bonus Payment represents the value of Mr. Cornells target annual cash incentive from his former employer ($1,350,000), and will be pro-rated to reflect the number of days since the start of his former employers fiscal year to the effective date of his appointment as Targets chief executive officer. The Make-Whole Pro-Rata Annual Bonus Payment will be paid by Target at the time payments, if any, are made under Targets Officer Short-Term Incentive Plan for fiscal 2014, subject to Mr. Cornells continued employment with Target through such date.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(99) Target Corporations News Release dated July 31, 2014.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
Dustee Jenkins, Vice President Public Relations, 612-696-3400
John Hulbert, Sr. Director Investor Relations, 612-761-6627
Target Names Brian Cornell as New Chairman of the Board and CEO to
Lead Companys Transformation
MINNEAPOLIS (July 31, 2014) Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced today that its Board of Directors has named seasoned retail and consumer products veteran Brian Cornell as the companys next chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer, effective August 12. Cornell, 55, joins Target with more than 30 years of experience at some of the nations leading retail and consumer product companies. As Targets new CEO, Cornells top priorities will be accelerating the companys performance and advancing Targets omnichannel evolution.
Cornell most recently served as the chief executive officer of PepsiCo Americas Foods where he oversaw the companys global food business, the largest of PepsiCos four divisions. He was responsible for a portfolio that included Frito-Lay North America, Quaker Foods and all of PepsiCos Latin America food and snack businesses. Before joining PepsiCo in 2012, Cornell served as president and CEO of Sams Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Cornell also held the position of CEO at Michaels Stores, Inc., and prior to that, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Safeway.
As we seek to aggressively move Target forward and establish the company as a top omnichannel retailer, we focused on identifying an extraordinary leader who could bring vision, focus and a wealth of experience to Targets transformation, said Roxanne S. Austin, interim non-executive chair of the board. The Board is confident that Brians diverse and broad experience in retail and consumer products as well as his passion for leading high performing teams will propel Target forward.
I am honored and humbled to join Target as the first CEO hired from outside the company. I am committed to empowering this talented team to realize its full potential, lead change and strengthen the love guests have for this brand, said Cornell. As we create the
Target of tomorrow, I will focus on our current business performance in both the U.S. and Canada and on how we accelerate our omnichannel transformation.
Cornell earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and attended the Anderson Graduate School of Management. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors at the Anderson Graduate School of Management, as well as the Board of Directors at Polaris Industries.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,925 stores 1,795 in the United States and 130 in Canada and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.
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