Shipt Appoints Target Operations Executive As CEO

Same-day delivery company, Shipt, has appointed Kamau Witherspoon as its new chief executive.

Witherspoon brings years of experience in high-growth industries, including retail, healthcare and foodservice/restaurants. Before joining Shipt, Witherspoon was senior vice president of operations at Target, where he was responsible for the company’s operational planning and prioritization, partner operations, M&A integration and process improvement initiatives across supply chain, stores and properties. He has also held leadership roles at companies including UnitedHealthcare and Yum! Brands.

Witherspoon will work closely with Shipt’s current CEO, Kelly Caruso, over the next few months during the transition period. Caruso was appointed to the CEO role three years ago.

“Kamau’s vast experience leading teams and operations at scale will help drive Shipt’s continued growth and deepen the commitment to its team, partners, customers and shoppers,” said John Mulligan, Shipt board chairman and Target chief operating officer.

“Under Kelly’s strategic leadership, Shipt has experienced more growth than at any point in its history by bringing a personalized shopping experience to millions more U.S. families. Kamau’s operational expertise and vision for the future will build on Shipt’s momentum as an innovative last-mile company.”

Shipt was originally acquired by Target in 2017 but has continued to operate independently from its home base in Birmingham, Alabama. Shipt now serves approximately 300 metropolitan areas nationwide and continues to ramp up its retail partners to offer same-day delivery.

“The incredible growth Shipt has realized reflects the strength of its differentiated business model and the value its network of personal shoppers delivers to millions of customers with each and every delivery — and I couldn’t be more excited to lead the company into its next chapter,” said Witherspoon.

Witherspoon’s appointment will become effective March 1, 2022.

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