Target drafts in Facebook infrastructure expert to lead tech team

Facebook’s infrastructure group manager Hari Govind has been named by Target as the retailer’s new senior vice president of infrastructure and operations.

As a new member of the tech team, Govind will oversee Target’s cloud-and-compute systems, network connectivity and operations for the technology that powers Target’s stores, digital channels, distribution centres and office locations.

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Govind joins Target from Facebook, where he worked as group manager on the infrastructure team, helping to build platforms for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus. Prior to that, Govind worked at Microsoft Corp. and Honeywell International.

When Govind joins the retailer later this month, he will report to Mike McNamara, Target’s executive vice president and chief information officer.

“Technology is more critical than ever in retail, and Target’s team has made tremendous progress building great technology for our guests and store team members,” said McNamara. 

“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. I’m confident that Hari’s leadership will help us make shopping at Target even easier and more convenient for our guests.”

“Target has scaled its technology infrastructure and operations to deliver a leading retail omni-channel experience for its guests,” said 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.”

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