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Walmart's chief merchant exits

Bentonville, Ark. - John Fleming, chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S., is leaving the company after 10 years.


In a letter to Walmart's employees, Walmart US president and ceo Bill Simon said Fleming had made "a personal decision" to step down.


Fleming's former duties will be divided. John Westling, executive vp of planning, pricing and replenishment, will take on the general merchandising and replenishment teams. John Sinclair, exec vp and general manager for grocery, will also oversee the food and health & wellness merchandizing staffs.


Fleming's exit came at the end of a week which saw Simon elevated to his current position and vice chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright named president and ceo of the company's and Global Sourcing operations.


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