Cheesewright Named Walmart International Chief

David Cheesewright

David Cheesewright

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-Walmart has promoted David Cheesewright to president and CEO of Walmart International.

Cheesewright—currently president and CEO of Walmart’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Canada region—will succeed Doug McMillon, who was named to succeed Mike Duke as Walmart’s president and CEO last month. Both McMillon and Cheesewright will assume their new posts on Feb. 1, and Cheesewright will report directly to McMillon. Cheesewright’s successor will be named at a later date, according to a Walmart statement.

McMillon credited Cheesewright for playing a key role in Walmart’s success in gaining market share in its international markets. “With his deep knowledge of the company, our customers and our purpose, he is the ideal person to steer our next chapter of continued, long-term growth,” he said.

A 25-year veteran of the international retail and manufacturing sectors, Cheesewright began his Walmart career in 1999 at Asda, the company’s United Kingdom operation, where he served in various leadership positions in operations, merchandising, logistics, strategy and format development. He was chief operating officer of both Asda and Walmart Canada, and then was named CEO of Walmart Canada.

Cheesewright was named to his current post in 2011. Over the past two years, he has overseen the integration of the Massmart acquisition in sub-Saharan Africa and the Netto acquisition in the United Kingdom. He also helped develop and expand Asda’s online grocery delivery program, and currently serves on the board of Walmart’s China e-commerce business.