British executive takes on fresh international role at Walmart

 
Harriet Green
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WALMART, the world’s biggest retailer, has appointed British executive David Cheesewright as the new CEO of its international division, the firm said yesterday.

Cheesewright, 51, is currently head of Walmart’s European, Middle Eastern and African operations.

He will take the reins from Doug McMillon, who was chosen to replace Michael Duke as chief executive of Walmart last month.

Both men will assume their new roles on 1 February 2014, with Cheesewright’s successor being named at a later date.

Cheesewright’s career spans over 25 years. His Walmart career began in 1999 at Asda, and he later became CEO of Walmart Canada. “He brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of innovation and governance,” McMillon said.

Fellow Brit Judith McKenna was also given an executive position at Walmart International this year.