Walmart’s Charles Redfield is leaving his post as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, the company announced in a memo to employees circulated Friday, April 14 and shared with HomePage News.
The memo, from John Furner, Walmart U.S. president and CEO, maintained Redfield had made a decision to spend more time with family. Furner revealed Walmart would share information about its new chief merchandising officer soon. Walmart recently announced new initiatives designed to broaden its appeal, including a concept store that features new approaches to display and interactivity.
Redfield began his Walmart career 32 years ago when he joined Sam’s Club as a cashier while attending college at the University of Arkansas, Furner noted. After completing college, Redfield became an assistant manager at Sam’s Club. He progressed through multiple leadership roles within Sam’s Club operations and merchandising. In 2010, Redfield became chief merchandising officer for Asda, Walmart’s former subsidiary in the United Kingdom. In May 2012, he assumed the role of executive vice president, merchandising for Sam’s Club. In 2015, Redfield shifted to executive vice president, food for Walmart U.S., and held that job with the company until appointed to the position he is leaving.
May 1, Redfield will transition to an advisory role, Furner indicated, as the company prepares a new head of merchandising.