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Walmart U.S. makes leadership changes

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart Inc. has shuffled some senior managers in its U.S. division, according to published reports. The moves will bring new leadership to the retailer’s food and e-commerce operations.

Steve Breen will move from e-commerce to the stores team as senior vice president of central merchandising, the Arkansas news web site Talk Business & Politics reported, citing two internal memos sent by chief merchandising officer Steve Bratspies. Breen joined Walmart in 2007 and became chief merchant at walmart.com in 2015. In his new role Breen will be responsible for assortment, price, cost, replenishment and planning, and will also oversee the implementation of Walmart’s new data and analytics operating model across the merchandising division, according to the report.

In addition, Kieran Shanahan was promoted to senior vice president of e-commerce retail for everyday living, and Tom Ward was named senior vice president of digital operations. In their previous roles, according to Bloomberg News, both executives had helped Walmart expand its online grocery business.

Walmart also named Andrea Albright senior vice president of snacks, beverage and impulse. She succeeds Al Dominguez, who is leaving the company after 12 years.


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