Retail chain Target has appointed former president and CEO of Sears Canada Dene Rogers as the company’s new managing director.

Effectivve 2 November, West Australian-born Rogers will replace Target’s MD Launa Inman, who announced her decision to leave the company last month.

Wesfarmers managing director Richard Goyder said he was delighted to have Rogers join the company.

We are extremely pleased to have attracted a person of Dene’s calibre,” he said.

“He has a track record of driving improved performance through innovation, has broad international experience, and also knows the Australian market.”

Prior to Sears Canada, Rogers was based in Chicago as executive vice president and general manager of Sears-owned Kmart (USA), where he oversaw the operations of approximately 1,500 stores and US$18 billion of revenue.

 “I am excited to be returning to Australia and to be joining Target, an icon of retailing with significant potential, and Wesfarmers, one of Australia’s premier companies,” Rogers said.

“I am looking forward to working with the Target team, building upon Launa’s accomplishments and taking Target to new levels of customer value and satisfaction.”