Wal-Mart Sam’s Club appoints new EVP of Merchandising and Replenishment
Wal-Mart-owned Sam’s Club in the US has announced the appointment of Linda Hefner as Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Replenishment. Hefner will report to Brian Cornell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, and will begin her new role effective May 2009. “Linda has a wealth of experience and successes across key and diverse merchandise categories that will complement the team’s focus on quality and value,” said Cornell. “In addition, her perspective on the consumer packaged goods industry, keen marketing insights and deep understanding of consumer needs will augment the strengths of the Sam’s Club senior leadership team. We are excited to have her on the team.” Hefner will be responsible for overall merchandising strategy, product development and sourcing. Hefner joined Wal-Mart in May 2007 and currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Home business for Wal-mart. Under her leadership, the Home team redefined the merchandise assortment by focusing on exclusive national and private label brands, quality, and enhanced instore presentation that resulted in strong positive comps.
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