Gene leads Target’s San Francisco Innovation Office and its New Ventures teams in Minneapolis. His responsibilities also include overseeing “Open House”, Target experiential smart device concept store in downtown San Francisco and its accelerator partner programs (US and India). He previously led Target’s corporate strategy team, developing growth initiatives for the $70B US retailer.  Gene also co-championed the company’s internal design thinking practice, built its retail prototyping lab and is currently a TechStars Mentor.

Prior to joining Target, Gene designed robotics in the automation industry and led new product development in the US.  Outside of work, he is also an angel investor and advisor in several start-ups.  He received a Master of Business Administration from the Chicago Booth School of Business and holds an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois.