Walmart hires former Amazon exec. Suresh Kumar as Chief Technology Officer

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Walmart hires Suresh Kumar
Source: Walmart

Walmart hired former Amazon and Google Suresh Kumar to a new elevated position of Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer.

The world’s largest big-box retailer appointed Kumar as it aims to improve its competitiveness against Amazon, Google and other technology giants offering online shopping.

Kumar will officially join Walmart on July 8, bringing more than 25 years of technology leadership experience.  He will report directly to the company’s CEO Doug McMillon.

Prior to his appointment at the big box retailer, Kumar served as general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics at Google. He also previously worked as corporate vice president of cloud infrastructure and operations at Microsoft. Before that, he worked at Amazon for 15 years and held several roles including vice president of technology for retail systems and operations.

Walmart CEO says Kumar can drive results

In a statement, McMillon said, “The technology of today and tomorrow enables us to serve our customers and associates in ways that weren’t previously possible. We want to take full advantage of those opportunities.”