Target HR Chief Leaves For Chinese Web Giant Alibaba
Target announced Friday it would replace Jodee Kozlak, the retailer’s chief human resources officer since 2007, with an internal hire as Kozlak departs for a new role with the Chinese ecommerce behemoth, Alibaba.
As Alibaba’s global senior vice president of human resources, Kozlak will help build the company’s international leadership team as it continues its global expansion.
Alibaba, which generated revenues of $12.3 billion last year, is much smaller than Target ($72.6 billion in 2015 revenue), but is on a faster pace of growth. The Chinese company recorded the world’s biggest initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange in September 2014, and its user base has grown to roughly 407 million people. Alibaba’s ecommerce properties, which include software to facilitate transactions and its assortment of shopping sites—most notably Taobao (accounts for about 80 percent of China’s online sales)—have become ubiquitous overseas, and Alibiba is aiming to attract more American businesses to its platform.
“[Kozlak] is an important addition to Alibaba as we continue to internationalize our company, and her deep experience across a diverse set of disciplines will be invaluable as we continue to build our global team,” Alibaba president Michael Evans said in a statement.
In a separate release, Target CEO Brian Cornell said Kozlak “made a tremendous impact on Target” and that he wished her luck in her new role.
At the same time, Cornell announced the appointment of Stephanie Lundquist as Target’s HR chief effective immediately. Lundquist, who joined Target in 2005, was previously the senior vice president of the Minneapolis-based retailer’s HR department. In that role, she was responsible for Target’s headquarters team as well as all HR functions for the company’s India operations.
“Our outstanding team is one of our key competitive advantages,” Cornell said in a statement, adding that Lundquist’s role would be “invaluable” to Target’s success.