Walmart U.S. Fills Chief Merch Officer Slot

BENTONVILLE, ARK. - Walmart U.S. has promoted Duncan Mac Naughton to chief merchandising officer for U.S. stores, effective immediately.
     Mac Naughton originally joined the company in 2009 as chief merchandising officer for Walmart Canada. Then, in October 2010 he was named executive vp of merchandising for Walmart U.S., responsible for consumables, health and wellness, and
     Prior to Walmart, Mac Naughton held leadership roles at Kraft Foods Inc., H.E. Butt Grocery Company and Albertson's Inc. He also served as executive vp of merchandising and marketing at Supervalu Inc.
     In his new role, he is charged with overseeing all merchandise categories across more than 3,700 stores in the U.S. business. He continues to report to Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and ceo.
     "Duncan has distinguished himself with a proven record of success in every organization that he has worked in, including Walmart in the United States and Canada," said Simon. "He is a strong steward of our culture and he understands that merchandising is at the very core of our business."
     Added Mac Naughton: "We remain focused on ensuring that our assortment exceeds our customers' expectations, both in stores and online. While much has been accomplished, we are working closely with our suppliers to deliver the products and the brands our customers are looking for at Walmart's everyday low prices."
     He said the company plans to "make the shopping experience more fun for our customers through increasing promotional intensity by effectively utilizing action alley."

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