Walmart Canada names new executives

l to r: Ixtabalan, Wankowski, Duray, Bayliss

Walmart Canada has announced a series of new executive leadership appointments. Sam Wankowski is the retailer’s new chief merchandising officer. A five-year veteran of ASDA, Walmart’s former UK operation, he moved to Walmart Canada in 2008. Nabeela Ixtabalan has been named chief operations officer. She joined the company in 2020 as EVP, people and corporate affairs.

Laurent Duray, who has been with Walmart Canada since 2015, has been promoted from SVP of e-commerce to chief e-commerce officer. His previous roles include SVP of fresh, grocery, and consumables, the business segment that spearheaded Walmart Canada’s omnichannel strategy. New EVP, transition officer John Bayliss was previously SVP for logistics and supply chain. He spent 16 years with The Boston Consulting Group before joining Walmart.