Former Safeway marketing and trading director Jack Sinclair has been made executive vice president of grocery merchandise for Wal-Mart in the US.

Sinclair will oversee the grocery business for Wal-Mart's US division and will integrate planning, category management and store experience into the overall grocery business unit.

The Grocer caught Sinclair house-hunting in the States earlier this week when he said: "I'll be looking after all the food and grocery business for Wal-Mart in the US and have a lot to learn about the marketplace. I'm really looking forward to the job and it is a great opportunity to get involved in something of this scale. The US is such a huge market with a huge amount of social diversity, so it is a really exciting challenge for someone with my background."

Sinclair started out as a buyer at Shoppers' Paradise, part of the Fine Fare group.

He went on to become Tesco's poultry and bacon buying controller before moving to Safeway, where he spent 14 years.

"Jack has a wealth of experience in the retail food business and I look forward to his contributions as we continue to grow our grocery business," said John Fleming, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Wal-Mart Stores US. "His passion for people, products and customers will bring new perspectives and innovative thinking to our company."