By  on April 19, 2013

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Wal-Mart’s beauty department is undergoing big changes. The retailer’s latest prototype began rolling out to the chain’s 4,000-plus stores earlier this year, and Jody Pinson stepped in as the new head of beauty. She replaces Carmen Bauza, the architect of sweeping improvements in Wal-Mart’s beauty department, who is transitioning to a new role as senior vice president, OTC health & wellness.

Pinson is a 23-year Wal-Mart Stores Inc. veteran who was most recently vice president of pet care, leading the chain’s U.S. merchandising strategy and team of buyers. Pinson, who assumed the role of vice president merchandising beauty in January, sees similarities between the two categories. She told WWD, “Beauty is a category with such passion and people are also passionate about their pets.”

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