Target Corp. here said Tuesday it has hired Bob DeRodes as EVP and CIO to help guide the company’s IT transformation, including installation of additional security enhancements following its data breach late last year.
He succeeds Beth Jacob, who resigned as CIO in early March. Target said it is continuing to search for a chief information security officer and a chief compliance officer.
DeRodes, who is scheduled to join Target on Monday, will have oversight of its technology team and operations and responsibility for ongoing data security enhancement efforts and development of the company’s long-term information technology and digital roadmap.
He has formerly worked as a senior information technology advisor for the Center for CIO Leadership, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Department of Justice; and he has held technology positions at Citibank, USAA Federal Savings Bank, First Data, Home Depot and Delta Air Lines.
“I believe Target has a tremendous opportunity to take the lessons learned from this [data breach] incident and enhance our overall approach to data security and information technology," said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO. "Bob’s history of leading transformational change positions him well to lead our continued breach responses and guide our long-term digital strategy.”
Since the breach Target said it has strengthened security by enhancing monitoring and logging; installing whitelisting point-of-sale systems; developing point-of-sale management tools; streamlining firewall rules; limiting vendor access to its server; and resetting passwords for team member and contractors.
The company also disclosed plans to reissue all co-branded cards as MasterCard co-branded chip-and-PIN cards.
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