Walmart Senior Executive Katie Finnegan Steps Down
BENTONVILLE, AR - One of Walmart’s senior-most tech executives, Katie Finnegan, has announced plans to step down from her position. Finnegan, who led the company’s technology and incubation efforts, serving as the Principal of Store No. 8 and CEO of subsidiary video commerce company Spatial &, announced her departure via LinkedIn post.
“After 7.5 years of an **amazing** run, I have made the decision to leave Walmart,” Finnegan shared in that LinkedIn post last Wednesday. “From Hukkster, to @Jet, to Walmart, to Store No. 8, to Spatial&..... I couldn't have planned a more interesting and rewarding journey. #recharge”
Finnegan first joined Walmart through Jet.com where she served as Director Partner Experience & Product from 2014 to 2015 and VP of Strategy & M&A from 2015 to 2016.
Finnegan’s departure follows several other executives’. Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King left Walmart to become the Head of Engineering for Pinterest this March. And Bloomberg noted, Finnegan’s departure is one of several high-profile women executives leaving the Bentonville-based retail giant. Sam’s Club COO Gisel Ruiz, EVP Global People Division Jacqui Canney, and EVP of Consumables, Health and Wellness Marybeth Hays have all resigned in the past year.
Who will step up to lead Walmart’s tech incubation efforts, and how will Finnegan’s departure play out as Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers compete in the rapidly expanding realm of e-commerce? AndNowUKnow will bring you updates.