Brian Cornell (BA ’81, Exec Ed CERT ’91,) chairman and CEO of Target Corp., addressed the class of 2015 MBA, Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA), and Ph.D. graduates at their commencement ceremony that took place on Friday, June 12, 2015.
Cornell is responsible for Target’s global business, including nearly 1,800 stores in North America and Target.com, more than 345,000 team members and millions of guests. Cornell leads the retailer’s executive leadership team in accelerating Target’s performance, advancing its digital evolution and delivering on its “Expect More. Pay Less.” promise to guests. Cornell joined Target in August 2014 following more than 30 years in ascending leadership positions at leading retail and global consumer product companies, including three CEO roles.
“Brian has led some of the most iconic global businesses of our time. He has always brought a fearless vision for growth, along with a fierce commitment to the human side of these businesses -- both customers and employees,” says Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. “We’re thrilled that Brian will address our talented and motivated graduates who are eager to learn from his experiences, particularly his current role leading Target’s transformation."
Cornell serves on the board of directors of Polaris Industries Inc., and is a past director for several other public companies. He is a member of UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors, and holds board positions with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.