Kiera Fernandez

Kiera Fernandez

Vice-president human resources/chief diversity and inclusion officer

Target Corp.

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Kiera Fernandez stepped into her role in June, when there’s never been more attention on race in business. She has big shoes to fill after her high-profile predecessor Caroline Wanga. But Fernandez takes it in stride—“I’ve been preparing for this for years.” A 19-year Target veteran, she climbed the ranks from store management to human resources, supporting the supply chain operations team as well as finance, and working her way into diversity and inclusion efforts over the past five years. “Driving equitable culture has been a core responsibility in every role I’ve had. I’m standing on a firm foundation to create parity across the enterprise, to activate, advance, [and] enhance priorities we know are important.”