Walmart on Tuesday named a former Google, Microsoft and Amazon executive its chief technology officer, bolstering the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail company’s leadership team as it attempts to grow its ecommerce business and compete more effectively with Amazon.
In a note to staff, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Suresh Kumar, the vice president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics at Google, will join the company and report directly to Mr. McMillon. The move is one of a series of sweeping staff changes at Walmart over the last three years to take on Amazon.
The previous CTO at Walmart, Jeremy King, decamped for Pinterest earlier this year. While at Walmart, Mr. King reported to both the company’s U.S. stores CEO Greg Foran and its ecommerce chief Marc Lore. The fact that Mr. Kumar will now report directly to Mr. McMillon shows how seriously Walmart wants to upgrade its tech—with help some from ex-Amazon blood.