Brian Cornell

Chairman and CEO
Target Corp.

As Target’s first-ever CEO from outside the company, Brian Cornell has one of the most daunting tasks in Minnesota business history: Restoring consumer confidence in the iconic retailer after a period of strategic freefall that resulted in the resignation of predecessor Gregg Steinhafel. He must stem a loss of customer traffic that produced a 32 percent decline in net income last year, and a troubled Canadian expansion. With no experience in turnarounds, Cornell will be under intense scrutiny to successfully aggregate Target’s bricks-and-mortar presence and its oft-criticized online channel.