Walmart Appoints Tom Ward Head of U.S. E-Commerce as Executive Vice President and Chief E-Commerce Officer Casey Carl Announces Departure; John Furner Comments
BENTONVILLE, AR - Earlier this week, we announced some key changes within big-box chain Walmart’s executive ring. The retailer is adding on to this chain of executive transitions, as it recently revealed that top e-commerce executive Casey Carl will be departing, and Tom Ward will become the company’s new head of United States e-commerce.
Currently serving as Senior Vice President, Ward has played an integral role in the grocer’s efforts to optimize its store locations as hubs for online pickup and delivery orders.
Ward will officially take on the position as head of U.S. e-commerce when Carl departs at the end of February, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Carl will be stepping down from his executive position following a year of service as Walmart's Executive Vice President and Chief E-Commerce Officer. As noted by the source, he was appointed to this position in the fall of 2020.
Prior to working with Walmart, Carl spent two decades with Target Corp. where he served as an executive. Carl was appointed to his current position as the head of U.S. e-commerce following the departure of Marc Lore.
As Ward takes the helm, the retailer is setting a heightened focus on its omnichannel growth and success in the e-commerce space. As noted by the source, the company’s global e-commerce sales increased around 17 percent to $46.3 billion during the nine months ended October 31 compared with the same period the prior year, and in the U.S., online sales grew near the same pace, hitting $33.6 billion during the same period.
“Continuing the growth of our e-commerce business is critical to our long-term success,” commented Chief Executive Officer for Walmart U.S. John Furner in an internal memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
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