Wal-Mart Canada, a unit of the world's largest retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, confirmed to just-style today (12 June) that it has hired Lesya McQueen as the new vice-president of its apparel division.

McQueen, who has 25 years experience in retail, was most recently president of the Smart Set division of Reitmans. 

She succeeds Chris Johnston who is retiring from Walmart Canada as head of apparel.

Andrew Pelletier, the retailer's vice-president of corporate affairs, said McQueen's arrival "is our latest signal that we are continuing to take our apparel program to the next level."

He added: "Particularly in the current economy, more and more customers are turning to Walmart to meet the apparel needs of their entire families, and to ultimately help them save money and live better."

The discount retailer, which opened in Canada in 1994 and operates 318 stores there, has grown its apparel business by combining strong brands with low prices, including the launch of the George apparel brand.