New faces are stepping in to lead Walmart in its next phase of growth. Recently, the company announced that Scott McCall, current Chief Merchandising Officer overseeing its United States unit, will be retiring, and Charles Redfield will be taking over the position immediately.
Redfield is a distinguished retail expert who has led the company’s United States grocery business for the past six years. Prior to joining Walmart, Redfield held Chief Merchandising roles at United Kingdom-based grocer ASDA and its warehouse club Sam’s Club. He will be bringing his expertise to his new Chief Merchandising Officer role Stateside.
The recent executive shift follows an impressive period of growth for the retailer, as the company recently reported better third-quarter sales in the United States than market expectations.
These successful fiscal results also prompted the retailer’s decision to raise its annual sales and profit forecasts.
According to an internal Walmart memo obtained by Reuters, McCall, who has been with the company for nearly three decades, will be retiring from his role. McCall will work with United States operations head Chris Nicholas to further drive inventory management before he retires.
In addition to Redfield’s appointment, Walmart also revealed further changes to its executive team.
The grocer also announced that Janey Whiteside, Walmart’s current Chief Customer Officer, will be also be departing. Whiteside plans on leaving in March to start her next chapter. Stepping into her position in 2018, Whiteside has served as the retailer’s first-ever Chief Customer Officer.
Congratulations to each of these leaders on their successful careers and the exciting next step in their journeys. As always, keep reading Deli Market News to stay up to date on the retail sector and more.