Walmart broadens Broader's role, goes back to school for new talent

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) announced the promotion of Shelley Broader, formerly president and CEO of Walmart Canada, to executive VP, president and CEO of Walmart EMEA.

In her new role, Broader will lead Walmart's retail operations and oversee business development in Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada, and will report directly to David Cheesewright, president and CEO, Walmart International.

"Shelley has been a strong leader since joining Walmart Canada and is the ideal person to leverage the tremendous potential the EMEA region holds for our company," said Cheesewright. "Shelley's leadership of our business in Canada during a time of increased competition underscores her knowledge of the retail environment which will serve her well in her new role."

Broader has headed up the Canadian unit since 2011 and her promotion follows news of a restructuring that eliminated roughly 750 jobs, resulting in 1,300 promotions and 200 new store management roles in the division. Walmart in February said it would spend approximately $500 million this year to grow its business in Canada and build 35 supercenters there.

Broader will continue to have responsibility for the Canadian market until a successor is announced at a later date. She assumed her new role on June 1.

Walmart is also looking for new talent in an unusual place—a Texas high school. The retailer has set up a program inside a Scarborough High School near Houston meant to function as a retail management training facility.

The school partnered with Walmart to set up a mock store inside the facility to create an immersive retail educational experience, developed by Tracy Davis, director of the Center for Retail Management at the University of Houston—Downtown, according to CNBC.

The intention is to educate high-school students about the opportunities in retail management that go beyond what are often thought of as dead-end jobs.

For more:
-See this Walmart press release
-See this CNBC story

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