Chris Walton is an accomplished Senior Executive with nearly 20 years of success within the retail and retail technology industries. He is rare in that he has high-level executive experience in the omnichannel superfecta of store merchandising, e-commerce, supply chain, product management, and field store operations. He is well-versed across nearly every discipline within retail, including — merchandising, store operations, inventory management, product design, forecasting, e-commerce, pricing and promotions, tech product development, and store design and architecture.
Chris was most recently with Target, where he was Vice President of the retailer’s Store of the Future project and also the Vice President of Merchandising for Home Furnishings on Target.com. Often the first penguin in the water, Chris was the first merchant at Target ever to have responsibility for both the store and the online channels at the same time too, a practice the company later adopted full-scale nearly two years after his initial pilot work.
Chris dives deeply into his work, as evidenced by the article, Home Makeover Challenge: Target.com Edition, which highlights how, when Chris took over as the head of home furnishings for Target.com, he furnished his entire home with product found only on Target.com! He fully immersed himself in his customer’s shopping experience — eating only what he and his team cooked everyday.
Chris has held many merchandising positions across his career, from baby to frozen food, and also was once a District Manager for Target covering Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota. He previously worked for GAP, Inc., as a Distribution Analyst and Manager.
Chris holds a BA in Economics and History from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He likes to dress as Darth Vader for Halloween, and his wife also frequently asks him to ask Alexa, “to turn off the music.”