Target CEO Brian Cornell says George Floyd’s murder pushed him to take action


Brian Cornell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Target Corporation.

Anjali Sundaram | CNBC

When George Floyd was killed a year ago, Target CEO Brian Cornell said he was shaken by the murder. He was troubled it happened so close to the company’s headquarters in its hometown.

For the retail chief, it felt personal.

“That could have been one of my Target team members,” he said, recounting his thoughts as he watched the video of Floyd taking his final breaths.

Cornell pulled back the curtain Tuesday on the Minneapolis-based retailer’s response to the murder and how it pushed him to step up the company’s own diversity and equity efforts. He spoke in a wide-ranging interview with former


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