Walmart Changes Executive Lineup
BENTONVILLE, AR - It’s the start of a new year, and change is afoot! Not only is 2020 the year of a new decade, but also a new roster for the retail behemoth Walmart. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company started the year off with a new executive lineup, just after the holiday season came to an end.
Walmart’s Chief Merchandising Officer, Steve Bratspies, will be departing. He has been in his position for more than four years, rounding out a solid 14 years spent with the company. Bratspies declined further details on his departure, only stating that “it’s time for a new challenge,” reported the WSJ.
Scott McCall, another company veteran, is stepping up to the plate to oversee product selection and pricing in Walmart’s U.S. stores. McCall recently was in charge of the company’s U.S. entertainment and toys sector.
Dacona Smith, a 30-year veteran with the company, most recently headed Sam’s Club chain as the Chief Operating Officer. Now, he will now be known as the COO for Walmart U.S. According to the memo, the position had been vacant since former COO Judith McKenna started heading Walmart’s international division in 2018.
Also of note, Walmart’s current President and CEO of Walmart U.S., Greg Foran, will be leaving his position on January 31.
As we reported, Sam’s Club John Furner has been under his wing since November 1, 2019, to learn the ropes before officially stepping into his new role at the end of the month.
The news site added that the company’s Chief Merchant for its U.S. e-commerce operations, Ashley Buchanan, left Walmart last month to become Michaels’ newest Chief Executive.
As more news comes to light, ANUK will report on the latest.