Wal-Mart's chief merchandising officer John Fleming is leaving the retailer after ten years, as part of a number of changes to its US team following the appointment of Bill Simon as president and CEO of the division last week.
Merchandising roles are now being split between two people: John Westling, EVP, planning, pricing and replenishment, who will lead the general merchandising and replenishment teams; and Jack Sinclair as EVP and general manager, grocery, to lead the food and health and wellness merchandising teams.

Both Sinclair and Westling will report directly to Simon until a replacement is named for Fleming.

The leaders of the three US geographic units will remain the same, with Raul Vazquez leading the west, Rosalind Brewer leading the South and Hank Mullany in the North. All report into Simon.

In addition, Gisel Ruiz has been named as executive vice president of Wal-Mart people, responsible for the HR function across the company's field and home office organisations.

And Stephen Quinn, executive vice president and chief marketing officer; Johnnie Dobbs, executive vice president, logistics; Eric Zorn, president, Walmart Realty; and Tom Mars, chief administrative officer will report directly to Simon.

The changes were announced after the company said chief operating officer Bill Simon would take over from Eduardo Castro-Wright as president and CEO of its US operations. Castro-Wright will lead the retailer's e-commerce unit Global.com and its global sourcing division.