Walmart Makes Executive Changes to Start the Year

Walmart Makes Executive Changes to Start the Year

One of the nation’s biggest retailers is changing things up in the management department, in the wake of the new year.

Walmart is losing chief merchant Steve Bratspies, according to an internal memo sent to employees Friday by Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner, which was reviewed by CNBC.

Scott McCall will replace Bratspies, the memo said. McCall most recently was in charge of entertainment, toys and seasonal at Walmart.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished as a team …” Bratspies said in an emailed statement, reflecting on his 14 years at the company. “I will always cherish my Walmart family and take pride in the growth we fueled together, but it’s time for a new challenge. I am excited about what’s ahead for me and for Walmart.”

In the statement, Bratspies did not wish to disclose his future plans after 14 years at Walmart, stating “it’s time for a new challenge,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Walmart also named Dacona Smith as chief operating officer of Walmart U.S., according to the memo, augmenting a position that had been unfilled since the former Chief Operating Officer Judith McKenna became head of Walmart’s international division in 2018.


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