Keynote Speaker: CIO Mike McNamara on the Growing Role Technology Plays at Target

Head to downtown Minneapolis any weekday and you'll see the red bullseye logo on dozens of ID cards dangling from Target employees as they traverse the streets and skyways. The Minnesota-grown company is a downtown fixture, employing thousands and influencing retail worldwide from its headquarters on Nicollet Mall.

As with other retailers, technology now plays a bigger role at Target. This reality is reflected in the company's hiring practices. Last year technology was one of Target’s biggest growth areas in hiring, as the company added several hundred software engineers.

In a June 2016 interview, Target's Chief Information and Digital Officer Mike McNamara told the StarTribune: "We need to own our technology." Mike described Target’s shift from relying so much on third-party contractors and third-party built software products to building more technology in-house – right here in the Twin Cities.

As Mike heads toward his second anniversary at Target, he will keynote Tech Cities 2017 at the Carlson School of Management. He'll share his views on the importance of technology to Target’s future and the entire Twin Cities business community, as well as his perspectives on Minnesota's tech landscape.


Mike McNamara
Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer

Mike McNamara is executive vice president, chief information and digital officer for Target and a member of its executive leadership team. He has oversight of the Target technology team and the long-term information technology roadmap. Additionally, Mike’s responsibilities include the development, support and security of all technology for Target stores, online and mobile assets, distribution centers and headquarters facilities. Mike is also the head of Target’s e-commerce business and oversees the company’s digital strategy.

Prior to joining Target in 2015, Mike spent more than 17 years at European-based retailer Tesco, where he most recently served as the chief information officer. He was responsible for the strategic direction and management of the technology for Tesco Group’s portfolio of businesses. During his tenure, Mike led the multi-country rollout of, oversaw the modernization and advancement of the IT and supply chain businesses and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the company’s operating model in Europe and Asia.

Mike is chairman of GS1 Global, a nonprofit association dedicated to the development of supply chain global standards. He has a bachelor of engineering degree from University College Dublin.