GM's chief information security exec going to Target

Brad Maiorino will be in charge of IT security at Target.

Target Corp. said today that it hired General Motors executive Brad Maiorino as chief information security officer, a new position at the company, effective June 16.

Maiorino was the chief information security and information technology risk officer at GM. In his two years with the company, he retooled the GM’s global information system and IT risk organization.

Rich Armour, GM’s current chief planning officer for information technology, will take over for Maiorino when he leaves, the company said.

Maiorino independently chose to leave GM to take his new position at Target, a GM spokesman said.

“I am looking forward to joining the Target team and helping them continue the progress they have made to be a retail leader in information security and protection,” Maiorino said in a statement.

Target was the victim of a cyber attack late last year, in which at least 40 million credit and debit card numbers were compromised along with 70 million other pieces of customer data.

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