US retailer Sears Holdings Corporation has appointed former Dell executive William Hutchinson as head of its supply chain business.

Hutchinson will join the company as senior vice president and president of supply chain, taking over from Raj Penkar who is set to retire on 31 May.

He most recently served as vice president of global fulfillment and logistics for Dell Inc. In his new role, Hutchinson will be accountable for all aspects of the company's supply chain, including distribution, transportation, customs compliance and global sourcing.

"Bill possesses the right combination of leadership, operational proficiency and technical acumen to lead our supply chain business unit," said Edward Lampert, Sears CEO. "His significant background working within retail environments will support a seamless transition and Bill's proven ability to achieve results is critical to improving our members' experience."