35-year old Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chairman and chief executive officer is stepping down, as the enormous data breach before Christmas endured by the Minnesota retailer continues to churn the company. This decision is effective immediately, according to an announcement posted today on Target’s company website. John Mulligan, Target’s CFO, has been chosen as the interim president and CEO.Steinhafel on a speech to the media held himself personally accountable for the breach and gave assurance that Target would emerge as a better company, following the breach, the statement said.

The breach wobbled customer confidence when the affirmation came out that hackers had embezzled 40 million debit and credit card numbers from the retailer’s data banks as well as the personal data of as many as 70 million customers of Target. In March, sources reported that the company had botched to take action even though its security systems had detected the hackers before any of the data were removed

 The company hasn’t announced the results of the long internal investigation into the breach, which is expected to provide an explanation of how the hackers were able to break through the retailer’s apparently secure point-of-sales systems as well as other critical parts of the company’s computer network. Auditors outside target are also exploring possible security failures at the company, a process that could significantly increase the cost of the breach by shifting responsibility from bank card issuers to the retailer.

Brian Yarbrough, an equity analyst at financial services firm Edward Jones & Co says “The business has been struggling, the Canadian operation, and then you throw on top of that this massive data breach and the board probably sat down and said, it’s time for some change here,”

Steinhafel got aboard with Target in the year 1979, and grew up to great ranks in the company’s merchandising operations division and later became the executive vice president of the division in 1994. Steinhafel was announced as the president of Target in 1999, who also joined the board 8 years later in the 2007.

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As Data Breach Woes Continue, Target’s CEO Resigns

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35-year old Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chairman and chief executive officer is stepping down, as the enormous data breach before Christmas endured by the Minnesota retailer continues to churn the company. This decision is effective immediately, according to an announcement posted today on Target’s company website. John Mulligan, Target’s CFO, has been chosen as the interim president and CEO.Steinhafel on a speech to the media held himself personally accountable for the breach and gave assurance that Target would emerge as a better company, following the breach, the statement said.

The breach wobbled customer confidence when the affirmation came out that hackers had embezzled 40 million debit and credit card numbers from the retailer’s data banks as well as the personal data of as many as 70 million customers of Target. In March, sources reported that the company had botched to take action even though its security systems had detected the hackers before any of the data were removed

 The company hasn’t announced the results of the long internal investigation into the breach, which is expected to provide an explanation of how the hackers were able to break through the retailer’s apparently secure point-of-sales systems as well as other critical parts of the company’s computer network. Auditors outside target are also exploring possible security failures at the company, a process that could significantly increase the cost of the breach by shifting responsibility from bank card issuers to the retailer.

Brian Yarbrough, an equity analyst at financial services firm Edward Jones & Co says “The business has been struggling, the Canadian operation, and then you throw on top of that this massive data breach and the board probably sat down and said, it’s time for some change here,”

Steinhafel got aboard with Target in the year 1979, and grew up to great ranks in the company’s merchandising operations division and later became the executive vice president of the division in 1994. Steinhafel was announced as the president of Target in 1999, who also joined the board 8 years later in the 2007.

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