David Cheesewright has been handed a new role at Walmart, in which he will oversee its UK business and other overseas operations.

Cheesewright was chief operating officer at Asda for seven years before becoming president and chief executive of Walmart Canada in 2008. He takes up the newly created role of executive vice president, president and chief executive officer of a new regional management team.

He will lead Walmart’s retail operations in the UK, Canada and sub-Saharan Africa, also overseeing business development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada.

“Walmart has a strong and successful presence in Canada, sub-Saharan Africa and the UK,” said Cheesewright. “I look forward to continuing this success and bringing our mission of saving people money so they can live better to even more families across the region.”

Shelley Broader, chief merchandising officer at Walmart Canada, succeeds Cheesewright as CEO in that country.

“Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada hold tremendous potential for our company and we are excited to have David leading the team,” said Doug McMillon, president of Walmart International. “Since joining the company, he has been a champion for our customer, has led innovation and delivered returns.”

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