Target.com president departs suddenly

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 13, 2011 - 9:35 PM

The retailer's in-house site had a rocky start; company says the move isn't due to performance.

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nkeithOct. 13, 11 7:43 PM

"By late afternoon, the Minneapolis-based retailer announced that the president of Target.com had 'left the company to pursue other opportunities.'" What? Do PR people think the rest of us are THAT stupid?

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StarquestOct. 13, 11 8:09 PM

Maybe they can hire a low-wage Indian worker to fill this position. Goodness knows their entire IT operation is farmed out of India.

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delefoneOct. 13, 11 8:12 PM

I liked Target better when it was owned by the Daytons.

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hittodeadOct. 13, 11 8:28 PM

He's been there 30 years, and presumably acquired Target stock along the way, so my guess is his "other opportunities" include retirement.

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bellamn16Oct. 13, 11 8:35 PM

I don't care how "slick" the graphics or links are on a store's website. I want to get in, take care of what needs to be taken care of, and get out! With the new website, that's become a much longer progress. They exchanged functionality for looks and "gimmicks," which has made the site significantly slower. It's also why the site is crashing more often. Heaven help us all on Black Friday.

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PWaldow123Oct. 13, 11 8:56 PM

I wonder what ever happened to the day when you made a mistake, you just moved on. Now a days it seems like you need to pay for it with the rest of your life.

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jalairOct. 13, 11 9:10 PM

"Eastman has been with the company since 1982. He started as a team leader at a store and has held a number of positions, mostly in merchandising." There's no point in having a technical background when building a website.

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primalrootsOct. 13, 11 9:24 PM

The underlying issue here is Target's difficultly holding on to talented people at all levels of the organization. A greater focus needs to be placed on retaining talented team members and setting realistic expectations. Best company ever?

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bsaastadOct. 13, 11 9:36 PM

I'm quite sure he'll do just fine in the future. He comes from a very financial sound family. I'm also sure he had the resume/background to have been selected to run Target's internet business.

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SapperOct. 13, 11 9:42 PM

It's called accountability.

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