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Michael Francis

Ex-Target exec to assist Walmart with marketing

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart confirmed earlier this month that the company’s head of marketing, Stephen Quinn, will be retiring from the company. According to Walmart spokeswoman Deisha Barnett, Quinn will step down on January 31. In conjunction with the Quinn announcement, Walmart said that it plans to hire former Target Corp. marketing chief Michael Francis

Retailers broadening horizons

The reshuffling of the retail landscape is proceeding, indeed accelerating, at a pace undreamed of as recently as five years ago. This is not a reordering of companies or priorities or strategies. It is a reordering of people. Most recently, Michael Francis, the legendary retail marketer, has signed on at Walmart, as the world’s largest