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Walmart Said To Elevate US Executive To Key Overseas Role

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Walmart will tap Judith McKenna to run its international unit, elevating one of its highest-ranking female executives to a critical role, according to people familiar with the matter.

McKenna, currently chief operating officer of the retailer’s domestic operations, will succeed David Cheesewright on 1 February, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the move hasn’t been announced. Cheesewright, 55, has held the job for the past four years.

Running the international unit has served as a stepping stone to the top job. Chief executive officer Doug McMillon and his predecessor, Mike Duke, both once held the role, and it’s seen as a key testing ground for Walmart, which generates about a quarter of sales from its roughly 6,300 stores outside the US, spanning from Canada to South Africa and Japan.

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