Target hires GM tech-security head as chief information security officer
Minneapolis — Target Corp. has named Brad Maiorino as senior VP, chief information security officer, a new position added as the chain overhauls its security department in the wake of its data breach. Maiorino comes to Target from General Motors, where he was the company’s chief information security and information technology risk officer. Prior to that, he was the chief information security officer at General Electric.
“Having led this critical function at two of the country’s largest companies, Brad is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top leaders in the complex, evolving areas of information security and risk,” said Bob DeRodes, executive VP and CIO, Target. “As an organization, we have made a commitment to our guests and our team that Target will be a retail leader in information security and protection. We believe Brad is the right person to lead that charge.”
Maiorino, who joins Target effective June 16, will be responsible for Target’s information security and technology risk strategy helping to ensure that the company, its shoppers and associates are protected from internal and external information security threats. He will report to DeRodes.
"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,” said Maiorino. “I am confident that the combination of a strong team and the leadership commitment will enable us to achieve that objective.”
Dunkin’ Donuts details California expansion
Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts has filed for permits to open its first traditional restaurants in California. The new restaurants are planned for Downey, Long Beach, Modesto, Santa Monica and Whittier.
Specific locations and anticipated opening dates will be announced later this summer, with construction scheduled to begin later in June, Since opening California for franchise development in 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts has executed store development agreements for nearly 200 new restaurants total to date. The company believes it can eventually have as many as 1,000 restaurants throughout the state.
The company has already opened three non-traditional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in California, including a recent Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination location inside the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown Hotel.
The company has also signed multi-unit store development agreements with four new franchise groups to develop 54 new restaurants throughout Southern California in the coming years, including 14 stores in San Diego beginning in 2016, 16 stores in northern San Diego and southern Inland Empire beginning in 2015, 14 stores throughout Glendale, Burbank and Santa Clarita Valley starting in 2015, and two stores in Santa Barbara and eight stores throughout Ventura County beginning in 2016.
Franchise opportunities for Dunkin’ Donuts still remain available throughout California in Fresno, Bakersfield and Santa Barbara, Northern California, and portions of Southern California.
Endicia releases return shipping solution
Palo Alto, Calif. — Endicia, a provider of e-commerce shipping technologies and services, has released a solution called "Pay-on-Use Returns" exclusively for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Unlike traditional USPS labels, Endicia’s Pay-on-Use Returns shipping labels are not pre-paid.
Postage is only deducted if and when a return label is scanned into the mail stream. Endicia’s Pay-on-Use Returns service joins the existing suite of Endicia Returns solutions, which includes pre-paid USPS return labels and the recently released cross-border Canada Returns. The extended returns’ capability increases the functionality of Endicia’s shipping technology platform, enabling Endicia customers to manage end-to-end shipping labels for domestic and international destinations.