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Walmart hires Google executive as new Chief Technology Officer

Walmart  · May 29, 2019
Suresh Kumar
Suresh Kumar (Source: Walmart)

Walmart has appointed Suresh Kumar to a new elevated role as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer reporting directly to President and CEO Doug McMillon. Kumar was most recently at Google, serving as vice president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics. Kumar joins at a time when Walmart is rapidly transforming its customer and associate experiences, and he brings more than 25 years of technology leadership experience coming from Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM.

In a statement, McMillon said: “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.”

Prior to Google, Kumar was the corporate vice president of Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and operations. Kumar spent 15 years at Amazon in various leadership roles, including vice president of technology for retail systems and operations, and he led Amazon’s retail supply chain and inventory management systems. Before Amazon, he was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.