Laysha Ward

Executive VP/Chief External Engagement Officer

Target Corp.




More than Bullseye the dog or its iconic logo, Laysha Ward is the face of Target as it introduces itself in new markets across the USA. In 2017 Ward—who once helmed social responsibility and philanthropic efforts for the Fortune 500 retailer—took on a new role, leading "external engagement" at the company. Ward lives on the road, telling Target's story—from its celebrated cheap chic to its 5 percent philanthropic efforts—to elected officials, corporate and community leaders and new store guests alike. In an era when executives are asked to "be the brand," Ward walks that walk like few others.