Walmart has announced the appointment of Suresh Kumar as its new elevated Chief Technical Officer and Chief Development Officer.
25 years of technology experience
Mr Kumar brings more than 25 years of technology experience, having previously worked with Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM. His 15 years with Amazon will be particularly attractive to Walmart, having most recently held the position of VP, Worldwide Retail Systems and Retail Services. Prior to this, he looked after Amazon’s retail supply chain and inventory management systems. He joins Walmart while its customer and associate experiences are being rapidly overhauled.
Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, said: “The technology of today and tomorrow enables us to serve our customers and associates in ways that weren’t previously possible. We want to take full advantage of those opportunities. Suresh has a unique understanding of the intersection of technology and retail, including supply chain, and has deep experience in advertising, cloud and machine learning. And, he has a track record of working in partnership with business teams to drive results.”
Walmart said that it aims, under Kumar, to bring together its four technology organisations: Global Business Services, Walmart Labs, Sam’s Club Technology and International technology.
The hire comes at a point of time when Walmart is competing with Amazon across several fronts, such as e-commerce, omnichannel, logistics and brick-and-mortar operations.
Mr Kumar said: “Walmart is one of the great success stories in how a company evolves over time to serve the changing needs of its customers, and today, it is in the midst of a very exciting digital transformation. With more than 11,000 stores, a high-growth eCommerce business and more than two million associates worldwide, the potential for technology to help people at scale is unparalleled, and I am excited to be part of this.”
Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
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