MINNEAPOLIS – Target has named Maurice Cooper as the company’s senior vice president of marketing. In his new role Cooper will oversee Target's marketing, creating plans that are guest-centric, culturally relevant and inclusive to fuel consumer affinity for Target's brand and grow its business. 

Cooper will also lead the strategy and execution of brand, category and promotions marketing across paid, owned and shared media, while also overseeing key campaigns such as Holiday. 

"Maurice has an incredible passion and curiosity for understanding the consumer, their mindset and their shifting preferences," said Rick Gomez, executive vice president and chief marketing, digital and strategy officer for Target. "His extensive experience and leadership will make him a great addition to our marketing team, as we continue to evolve Target's marketing to be even more closely connected to our guests." 

Cooper will start his new role on Sept. 14. In the past he's served as executive vice president and chief growth and experience officer for Wingstop Restaurants and has also held marketing roles at Intercontinental Hotels Group and The Coca-Cola Company. Most recently, Cooper founded and led Forward Vision Strategies, a marketing consulting firm. 

"Having been a longtime fan of this iconic brand, it's so inspiring to see Target's transformation and leadership in retail, along with its impressive growth and continued commitment to better serve its guests," said Cooper. "I'm thrilled to join the team and am eager to help Target's marketing bring even more joy and inspiration to all guests."