Walmart Hires Google Exec For Chief Technology Officer Role

Walmart has tapped Google executive Suresh Kumar as its new elevated chief technology officer and chief development officer. Kumar brings 25 years of technology leadership and insights from his work that also includes leadership roles at Microsoft, Amazon and IBM.

He will join Walmart on July 8 and report directly to CEO Doug McMillon. Kumar will be primarily based in Sunnyvale, Calif., according to corporate spokesman Ravi Jariwala.

The retail giant said Kumar is not a replacement for Jeremy King, former chief technology officer for Walmart U.S. who recently left the company for a similar role at Pinterest. Walmart said King’s replacement has not yet been named and whomever it is will report to Kumar as well as Greg Foran, CEO for Walmart U.S. The chief technology officers for Sam’s Club and Walmart International, who each report to their respective business leaders, will each dually report to Kumar. Clay Johnson and the Global Business Services teams also will report to Kumar.      MORE

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