Walmart poaches former Amazon executive Suresh Kumar from Google

Walmart has enlisted the help of former Amazon and Google executive Suresh Kumar as it continues to bolster its technological capabilities.

The US’s largest retailer has hired Kumar as both its new chief technology officer and its chief development officer, where he will report directly to Walmart’s chief executive Doug McMillon.

Kumar joins from Google where he held the role of both general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics and vice president.

Prior to his time at Google, Kumar worked at Amazon for 15 years, holding roles including vice-president of technology for retail systems and operations where he oversaw its supply chain and inventory management systems.

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“Walmart is one of the great success stories in how a company evolves over time to serve the changing needs of its customers and today it is in the midst of a very exciting digital transformation,” Kumar said.

“With more than 11,000 stores, a high-growth ecommerce business and more than two million associates worldwide, the potential for technology to help people at scale is unparalleled, and I am excited to be part of this.”

McMillon added: “The technology of today and tomorrow enables us to serve our customers and associates in ways that weren’t previously possible. We want to take full advantage of those opportunities.

“Suresh has a unique understanding of the intersection of technology and retail, including supply chain, and has deep experience in advertising, cloud and machine learning. And he has a track record of working in partnership with business teams to drive results.”

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