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Walmart announced yesterday that Barbara Messing, who joined the retailer in August 2018 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, is leaving the company to “return to the Bay Area with her family.” According to an internal memo, she will be succeeded by Michael Francis, a marketing consultant working with the company, who apparently will lead the retail marketing team while in his consultant role.

Messing joined Walmart after a seven year stint at TripAdvisor as chief marketing officer.

The memo says that the company is creating a new retail marketing team inside the marketing organization designed to “support merchandising and key initiatives across our stores and ecommerce business.”

In a statement on LinkedIn, messing wrote, “It's been an incredible experience leading US marketing at Walmart, but I'm happy to announce that we are moving back to the Bay Area! I'm really proud of everything we've accomplished - we've had an amazing year and it's truly been a pleasure working with so many wonderful associates and business partners. Thank you and all the best to my team, the leadership, our agencies and the entire Walmart family.”
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