Brian Cornell

Target Corp.

Since Brian Cornell became Target’s chairman and CEO in August 2014, its stock has risen 17 percent (through Oct. 28), slightly better than market average. But this was due to cost cuts and billions of dollars in stock buybacks: Factor in 59 million shares no longer on the market today, and Target’s stock price would be up only 5 percent. Revenue, meanwhile, is slipping; first-half 2016 revenue was slightly below that of 2014. Given more aggressive growth tactics deployed by competitors Walmart and Amazon, will Cornell deliver a more robust growth strategy in 2017?