The CEO of Walmart International, Dave Cheesewright, has announced that Roger Burnley is to take on the role of Asda’s President and CEO from 1st January 2018.
The UK’s third largest supermarket, Leeds-headquartered Asda has been a subsidiary of American chain Walmart since 1999.
Roger returned to Asda as chief operating officer and deputy CEO in October 2016, joining the board following Sean Clarke’s appointment as president and chief executive in July 2016.
At the time, Dave Cheesewright described Sean Clarke as “one of our most experienced global executives” whilst also recognising Roger as “a future CEO”.
Commenting on Roger’s appointment, Dave Cheesewright said: “Roger was purposefully brought back to Asda to partner with Sean ahead of the transition to Roger taking up the position of CEO.
“He and Sean have worked as a great team and I’m really confident in Roger’s ability to continue building upon our returning momentum.
“After more than 21 years with the company, Sean has worked across five international markets including serving as President and CEO of Walmart China and obviously here in the UK too.
“He’s continually shown the ability to lead critical transformation and the last 15 months are no exception. Sean will continue to lead Asda until the end of December after which, he’s taking some time out and will then remain engaged with Walmart.”
Roger Burnley, said: “Asda is a great business and we’ve started to realise its potential again. Sean’s focus on serving customers and simplifying the business has established a firm foundation on which we can build.
“Since I returned to Asda last year, I have been encouraged by the passion and professionalism of our colleagues and look forward to leading this terrific team.”
“Walmart has given me and my family some great opportunities. I am looking forward to taking some time out but I will always stay connected to the company.”
Sean remains Asda’s CEO until 31st December and will work closely with Roger to ensure a smooth transition and deliver the best Christmas ever for our customers.
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