The new year continues to bring new changes, and Walmart isn’t one to slow down on its growth and execution. Not long after appointing a new Chief Merchandising Officer, the retail chain announced another executive transition to its leadership team. Tom Ward will be succeeding Casey Carl as the new head of United States e-commerce.
Currently, Ward serves as the company’s Senior Vice President. In this capacity, Ward played an integral role in the retailer’s strategies to optimize its store locations as hubs for online pickup and delivery orders. According to The Wall Street Journal, Ward will officially take on Carl’s position as head of U.S. e-commerce when Carl departs at the end of February.
Carl has announced he 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. Carl was appointed to his current position as the head of U.S. e-commerce following the departure of Marc Lore.
Prior to working with Walmart, Carl spent two decades with Target Corp. where he served as an executive.
As Ward takes the helm, the retailer is setting a heightened focus on its omnichannel growth and success in the e-commerce space. 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, reported the source.
“Continuing the growth of our e-commerce business is critical to our long-term success,” commented John Furner, the Chief Executive Officer for Walmart U.S., in an internal memo to the company obtained by The Wall Street Journal, hinting at the prospective plans we can see from the retailer.
Congratulations to Tom Ward on his recent appointment, and we wish all the best for Casey Carl in his endeavors.