Walmart Canada president and CEO Shelley Broader’s responsibilities have been significantly expanded to include oversight of Europe and Africa.
Broader was named EVP, president and CEO of Walmart EMEA, a region Walmart defines as including Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
In her new role, Broader will lead Walmart’s retail operations and oversee business development in those regions and report to Walmart International president and CEO David Cheesewright. She succeeded Cheesewright as Walmart’s top Canadian executive in the fall of 2011 when he was tapped for the EMEA role. Broader joined Walmart Canada in December 2010 as chief merchandising officer after holding leadership roles with Hannaford Bros. and Michael’s. Her successor in Canada was not immediately named.
“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,” Cheesewright said. “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.”
Walmart operates 1,345 stores and employs 285,000 people in the region Broader will oversee in her new role.