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Walmart announces four executive changes

Walmart Canada announced four recent senior executive leadership changes as part of its transformation journey to transform the customer experience for millions of customers in-store and online. Nabeela Ixtabalan has been named chief operations officer; Sam Wankowski has been named chief merchandising officer; Laurent Duray has been named chief E-commerce officer; and John Bayliss is now executive vice president, transformation officer.

“Walmart is known for its excellent people. I am extremely proud and excited for what Nabeela, Sam, Laurent and John will offer our customers as we continue to modernize and transform our business,” said Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO of Walmart Canada. “Walmart is also a great place to build a career. We recognize and promote great talent."

Ixtabalan oversees the operations and performance of more than 400 stores from coast-to-coast-coast serving more than 1.5 million customers daily. She joined Walmart in 2020. Her passion and commitment in the areas of well-being, diversity and inclusion, building capabilities for the future, and becoming a regenerative company will have a lasting impact on Walmart Canada.

Wankowski ensures that customers have convenient access to food, apparel, general merchandise, and health and wellness offerings. His career with Walmart began in 2003 when he joined ASDA, Walmart’s former U.K. operations. He spent five years in a variety of roles within ASDA before joining Walmart Canada in 2008.

Duray leads a cross-functional team to accelerate and grow Walmart.ca, which is visited by 1.5 million customers daily, and includes more than 40 million items from over 6,000 sellers on Walmart Canada’s Marketplace. Duray joined Walmart Canada in July 2015. Prior to his current role, he held senior positions at Walmart Canada, including senior vice president of fresh, grocery and consumables and initiated the omni integration within merchandising.

In a newly created role, Bayliss is driving the strategy, innovation, corporate development, new store format, real estate and transformation agenda for Walmart Canada. Prior to this role, he was the senior vice president of logistics and supply chain of Walmart Canada where he led a transformation within the supply chain team focused on safety, engagement, performance, and service to our stores and customers, which included innovative projects around automation, blockchain, fleet electrification, and artificial intelligence.

Photo: Nabeela Ixtabalan, Sam Wankowski, Laurent Duray and John Bayliss.

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