Walmart Announces Restructuring Of U.S. Stores, Merchandising Organization

Walmart today announced a realignment of its US store structure that will result in the creation of three distinct geographic business units (GBUs) — Walmart West, Walmart South and Walmart North, each with its own president. Raul Vazquez has been promoted to evp and president of Walmart West. He most recently was president and CEO of Rosalind Brewer, most recently president of Walmart’s Southeast divisions has been named evp and president of Walmart South. Hank Mullaney, who previously held the position as president of the chain’s Northeast division, has been named evp and president of Walmart North.
The realignment has also resulted in the alignment of Walmart’s Logistics, Real Estate and Store Operations under a unified leadership team; a move the company said in a statement is, “intended to gain alignment in the critical new store decision process.” As a result of the realignment, effective Feb. 1, Eric Zorn, executive vice president and president, Walmart Realty, will now report to Bill Simon, Walmart’s evp and chief operating officer
In a separate memo to Walmart associates Simon announced the creation of a new Merchandising Execution Organization that, according to a company statement, “will help bring assortment decisions in the stores to a new level.” As a result the company has restructured its Home and Hardlines divisions to group related categories. Accordingly, the company announced that Mike Moore will assume responsibility for Automotive, Stationery, Hardware, Fabric and Crafts, and Sporting Goods as senior vp/merchandising, Hardlines. Karen Stuckey will add responsibility for Outdoor Living and Seasonal categories as the senior vp/home merchandising. As part of that restructuring the company also announced that Andrea Thomas will move from her private brand management role in marketing to an expanded role in Merchandising as senior vp/brand merchandising for Home, Hardlines and Entertainment.
“With these moves to align general merchandise in a more powerful way, we’re increasing our focus on brand strategy,” the company said in a statement.