Troubled retailer Coles Myer has hired a former Wal-Mart executive from Canada, Hani Zayadi, as managing director of Kmart.

Mr Zayadi, 50, is set to arrive next week in Melbourne to take up the Kmart top job from August 1. He was senior vice-president of merchandising for Wal-Mart's Canadian operations.

He replaces Geoff Sadler, who has moved into a new role overseeing Coles' non-food operations.

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