Walmart replaces Scott McCall as U.S. grocery chief

Walmart replaces Scott McCall as U.S. grocery chief

The chief Merchandising Officer of its U.S. unit, Scott McCall, is retiring and hand over the reigns to grocery chief Charles Redfield, as it looks to capitalize on the gains it made during the Pandemic.

According to an internal memo sent to employees, Redfield will take over the role immediately, as he has been the head of the U.S. grocery business for the past six years.

Before Walmart, Redfield had held chief merchandising positions at ASDA, a UK grocer, in which the U.S. retailer has a minority stake, and at its warehouse club offering Sam's Club, according to a memo sent by U.S. Chief Executive John Furner.

The leadership change came two months after Walmart reported better third-quarter sales in the United States than market expectations and raised its annual sales and profit forecasts.

A surge in demand for groceries and home goods during the pandemic was a big boost from online shopping, which grew 8% in the United States, or 87%, from pre-pandemic levels.

The memo said that McCall, who has been with Walmart for nearly 30 years, will work with U.S. operations head Chris Nicholas to drive inventory management before he retires.

The company, Bentonville, Arkansas, said Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside will leave in March to start her next chapter in New York with her family. Whiteside was the company's first chief customer officer when she was appointed in 2018.