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Walmart Canada realigns executive team

Retailer makes several key appointments
Jillian Morgan, female, digital editor for Canadian Grocer
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Left to right: John Bayliss, Laurent Duray, Matt Kelly, Joe Schrauder and Michon Williams. Photography courtesy Walmart
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Left to right: John Bayliss, Laurent Duray, Matt Kelly, Joe Schrauder and Michon Williams. Photography courtesy Walmart

Walmart Canada is shuffling its senior leadership team as it continues to reshape its business to serve omnichannel customers.

John Bayliss has been appointed chief operations officer; Laurent Duray is now chief growth officer; Matt Kelly is VP, supply chain; Joe Schrauder is VP, head of store operations; and Michon Williams joins the Canadian leadership team as chief technology officer.

“As a people-led, tech-powered organization, it’s our people who are the driving force behind our growth and success,” said Gonzalo Gebara, president and CEO, Walmart Canada, in a press release. “We’re driving the future of retail at Walmart Canada, building a modern, omnichannel business that will offer the best experience for our customers - however they choose to shop with us. We have the right team in place to take our business to the next level and we were proud to look to internal talent as we expanded and filled key roles on our executive team.”

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In his new role, Bayliss (most recently chief administration officer for Walmart Canada) will lead store operations, supply chain, format and real estate development. 

As chief growth officer, Duray (previously chief e-commerce officer) will focus on alternate revenue streams, such as retail media and financial services, digital enablement, e-commerce and customer understanding. His portfolio also encompasses the customer organization, including marketing and e-commerce leadership teams.

Formerly VP of supply chain transformation, Kelly will continue to lead the retailer’s supply chain infrastructure reinvention program to design, build and commission new sites leveraging state of the art technology to support our long-term omnichannel growth.

Schrauder was formerly VP of operations and chief of staff to the CEO, leading the project management office with responsibility for the central operations and the future store operating teams.

Finally, Williams brings an extensive background in technology development and product and portfolio management to her new role. 

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