Gregg Steinhafel

A career Target employee, Steinhafel started as a merchandise trainee in 1979 and progressed through merchandising and operations positions before being named president of Target in 1999. He was named CEO in May 2008 and chairman in February 2009. He succeeded Robert Ulrich.

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Milwaukee, Wis.




Married, three children.


Carroll University, 1977; Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, 1979 (MBA)


$1.5 million (2012 total compensation: $19.2 million.)


On board of directors at Toro Co. and TreeHouse, a Minnesota-based nonprofit. A member of the Business Roundtable, Business Council and the Minnesota Business Partnership. In 2010, was appointed to the Council for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2012, began a two-year term as chairman of the board for the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

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June 2011: Questions on political giving still dog Target

ARTICLE Updated: Aug 5 2014 - 4:52 PM

It's the $150,000 issue that won't go away for Target Corp.A corporate donation one year ago to a group supporting then Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer continued to nag the...

Paying up: Hiring a new CEO from outside can be pricey

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 28 2014 - 9:48 AM

The search for a new CEO presents Target Corp. with a tricky paradox.In recent years, shareholders have grown more agitated over the big compensation packages that CEOs of giant companies typically...

Target fired CEO Gregg Steinhafel, cut compensation, proxy shows

ARTICLE Updated: May 20 2014 - 6:14 AM

In case there was any gray area about the circumstances surrounding Gregg Steinhafel’s exit from Target, it’s now clear that the former chief executive was fired from the Minneapolis...

Steinhafel could get $26 million in Target severance

ARTICLE Updated: May 19 2014 - 9:53 AM

Target Corp.’s Gregg Steinhafel is eligible for approximately $26 million as he steps down from the top leadership position at the nation’s second-largest retailer.The final number is...

Target seeks new CEO to restore chain's luster

ARTICLE Updated: May 19 2014 - 9:53 AM

CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out at Target, five months after a massive data breach that punctuated a long list of simmering problems for the discount retailer.In a statement Monday, the company’s...

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