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• The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart has promoted three members of its technology team, with three senior IT leaders "elevated to oversee units for customer systems, analytics, and technical engineering as Wal-Mart works to unify online and in-store technology."

According to the story, "Fiona Tan ... was promoted to senior vice president of U.S. customer technology. Ms. Tan joined Wal-Mart in 2014 and had been vice president of engineering in the company’s international group."

Jaya Kolhatkar, who joined Wal-Mart in 2013 through its acquisition of predictive analytics firm Inkiru Inc. in 2013, has been named senior vice president of global data and analytics platform.

And, "Jae Evans was promoted to vice president of global technical engineering and operations, continuing responsibility for core infrastructure services."

The Journal writes that "the moves are intended to align technology work to the ways consumers increasingly shop, using mobile apps to research items and navigate physical stores and buying online to pick up in stores ... Wal-Mart sees the mobile device as the linchpin of a customer experience that blends online and in-store shopping, with the retailer’s mobile app and mobile payments service playing significant roles."
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