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Reuters reports that Walmart’s new US CEO, Bill Simon, has decided not to replace John Fleming, the former chief merchandising officer, who left the company on August 1, as he tries to reverse a period of sluggish sales increases.

Instead, Simon told employees in an email that there will be “four merchandising areas to be led by ‘seasoned merchants’.”

According to the story, “The four merchandising units are general merchandise and replenishment; food; softlines; and a group that includes consumables, health and wellness and walmart.com.

“The executive vice presidents heading those segments, respectively, are John Westling, Jack Sinclair, Andy Barron and Duncan MacNaughton, who was brought in from Walmart Canada. Westling and Sinclair have been with the company since 1988 and 2008, respectively, and Andy Barron since 1993.

“The executives will report directly to Simon.”
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