By  on September 28, 2011

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday named David Cheesewright executive vice president, president and chief operating officer of a new regional management team.

In the newly created position, Cheesewright will lead Wal-Mart’s retail operations in Canada, the U.K. and sub-Saharan Africa. He’ll also oversee business development in the Middle East, Africa and Canada. Cheesewright, who’s appointment is effective immediately, reports to Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart International.

Cheesewright was president and ceo of Wal-Mart Canada. He joined Asda, Wal-Mart’s U.K. business, in 1999. Cheesewright will be succeeded at Wal-Mart Canada by Shelley Broader, who has been chief merchandising officer since December 2010.

The news about Cheesewright and Broader comes a day after Wan Ling Martello, a rising star and executive vice president and chief operating officer of global e-commerce and emerging markets, resigned to join Nestlé SA, and Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman and ceo of global e-commerce and sourcing, said he will retire on July 1. In the last 18 to 22 months, Wal-Mart has seen a flurry of resignations and departures, some as a result of reorganizations. When the e-commerce division was restructured, it led to the resignations of Raul Vazquez, global executive vice president of e-commerce and developing markets, and Steve Nave, senior vice president of walmart.com. Other departures during the period include chief merchant John Fleming, chief financial officer Tom Schoewe, Asda chairman Andy Bond, apparel chief Dottie Mattison and a spate of resignations in Japan and China.

“Wal-Mart is shaking up the e-commerce division due to a lack of performance,” said Michael Keara, a retail analyst at Morningstar. “I don’t think it’s a cultural fit for them. The Internet and e-commerce are outside of their core competency.” As for the international division, Keara said, “sales have been OK but I haven’t seen returns improving in a meaningful way.”

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