New CEO named for Walmart U.S. stores
Castro-Wright to oversee global sourcing
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, 7/6/2010 8:06:00 AM
Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart has promoted chief operating officer Bill Simon to president and CEO of Walmart U.S., effective immediately.
Vice Chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright will become president and CEO of Global.com and Global Sourcing as of Aug. 1. He will also maintain his current title. The appointment will allow him to relocate to California to be with his ailing wife, the company said.
"As we continue to become a truly global company and address the business challenges of a rapidly changing world, it is clear that Global.com and Global Sourcing are critical to our future growth and success," said Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke, to whom both men report.
Simon joined Walmart U.S. in March 2006 from Brinker International, where he was senior vice president of global business development and was responsible for the growth of the company's restaurant portfolio outside the United States.
Prior to Brinker, he served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services, appointed by then-Governor Jeb Bush. There he oversaw the state's operations and administrative functions, including health care benefits, human resources, the Florida retirement system and facilities management. He is also a retired officer from the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves after 25 years of service.
"Bill transformed the customer experience at Walmart through faster service, a friendlier shopping environment and cleaner stores. He also helped develop and launch our game-changing $4 prescription drug program and has continued to drive innovation and improvement throughout Walmart U.S.," Duke said.
to walmart: when i went to return an item i felt like i was interrogated by the Staci with a woman demanding to scan my item with a handheld machine and telling me where to stand in line !!!!!!!!!!!! this was not a friendly experience at the walpole, ma store. i will only order online and return through mail next time i order from walmart !!!!!!!!!!! walmart.com reps are really nice and friendly !!!!!!!!!!!!! the store not !!!!!!!!!! this jersey was a $7.00 item.andrea burns - 2010-07-06 16:46:08 EDT
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