Target Corp. has announced the promotion of Laysha Ward to the company’s executive committee. She will continue in her current role as president of Target’s Community Relations and Target Foundation.


Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO of Target Corp., said Ward has “a keen understanding of Target’s business and will bring valuable experience and unique insight to her new position.”

Ward, a 19-year veteran of Target, has held a number of leadership positions across Target’s community relations organization and was named president of Community Relations and Target’s Foundation in 2008. In this position, Ward oversees Target’s ongoing commitment to give 5 percent of its income to the communities where Target guests live and work. In addition to managing the company’s domestic and international grant making, Ward also coordinates the company’s civic activities, including the creation of volunteer opportunities for Target’s more than 350,000 team members.

Ward serves on the board of Denny’s Corp. and the Corp. for National and Community Service. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization focused on building an inclusive business leadership pipeline and developing African-American corporate leaders. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and Master of Arts from University of Chicago.

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