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Target names Tesija to merchandising post  

Minneapolis – Upscale discounter Target has promoted Kathee Tesija to evp of merchandising, effective May 1.

Tesija, 45, began her career at Target Corporation in 1986 as a merchandise analyst and held a variety of positions within the merchandising organization. In 2001, she was named svp, merchandising with responsibility for baby, beauty, commodities, electronics, entertainment, health and wellness, pharmacy, sporting goods and toys.

Tesija will oversee all merchandising functions including product design and development, inventory management, and merchandising systems, presentation and operations at the 1,613-store chain.

May 1 is the same date that president Gregg Steinhafel will become ceo, in the planned succession move involving the coming retirement of Target chairman and ceo Bob Ulrich.

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