Target recently named Hari Govind as SVP of infrastructure and operations for the company’s technology team. Govind will oversee cloud-and-compute capabilities, network connectivity and operations for the technology that powers Target’s stores, digital channels, distribution centers and office locations.
Govind joins Target from Facebook, where he served as the group manager on the Infrastructure team, leading strategy and execution to help scale platforms for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus. Prior to that, Govind worked at Microsoft Corp. and Honeywell International.
“Technology is more critical than ever in retail, and Target’s team has made tremendous progress building great technology for our guests and team members,” said Mike McNamara, Target’s evp and CIO. “Bringing in an executive with Hari’s technical and leadership abilities marks another important step in our journey to create exceptional shopping experiences that redefine what technology can do in retail.”
Govind has more than 20 years of experience leading engineering and product management teams, bringing deep expertise in social media, e-commerce, digital advertising, search and cloud infrastructure.
“With substantial investments in technology, stores, supply chain, and its team, including its commitment to diverse workforce, Target is uniquely positioned for the next frontier in retail,” said Hari Govind. “With more than 1,850 stores, 3,000 engineers and 350,000 team members at Target worldwide, I am excited to join an incredibly passionate team with a culture that is laser focused on creating joyful guest experiences.”