Brian Cornell

Target Corp.

Brian Cornell came to Target just over a year ago to try to right the ship after Gregg Steinhafel’s disastrous tenure. He facilitated a major headcount purge this winter and has prioritized beefing up the company’s digital sales, fixing ongoing supply chain problems in stores, and reinventing the company’s unremarkable grocery operation. Though Target-lifers bemoan cultural and staffing changes that have made the company a less desirable employer, there is a growing appreciation of Cornell’s dynamism and sense that he may not be the short-term CEO many had expected him to be.