Walmart India announces Sameer Aggarwal as Chief Business Officer
Leadership changes also includes Anuj Singh appointed as Head - Category Merchandising, whereas Devendra Chawla, EVP & COO - Merchandising, Marketing & eCommerce has quit
Published - 10-December-2018
Sameer Aggarwal has been made Chief Business Officer of Walmart India with immediate effect.
Aggarwal, currently Chief Strategy & Administrative Officer, will now lead Strategy, Merchandising, Cost Analytics, E-Commerce, Technology, Marketing and Replenishment. He will continue to report directly to Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India.
Prior to joining Walmart India in April 2018, Aggarwal was Chief Finance, Development & Supply Chain Officer for KFC, Thailand. Before KFC, he worked with Sainsbury’s in UK & China as Head of Strategy and Executive Assistant to the CEO. He also worked with McKinsey & Co, UK & Australia as an Associate Partner. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the London Business School and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Anuj Singh has joined as Head - Category Merchandising of Walmart India and will lead Category Merchandising, Merchandise Planning & Execution and Private Brands development. Singh will report to Sameer Aggarwal. Singh comes with 23 years of experience in leading consumer goods organizations across India, Europe & Middle East. Before joining Walmart, Singh was Business Executive Officer responsible for Nestlé’s Food Services business in the South Asia Region. Earlier, he worked with organisations such as Philip Morris International, Hindustan Lever Limited, ITC Limited and Asian Paints. Singh holds Masters Degree in Business Administration from London Business School.
Meanwhile, Devendra Chawla, EVP & Chief Operating Officer - Merchandising, Marketing, and eCommerce, has decided to move on to pursue other opportunities outside Walmart India.
Announcing the changes, Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India said, “I am extremely pleased to announce Sameer Aggarwal as our Chief Business Officer. Sam joined Walmart India in April this year and within a short period of time he has developed a great understanding of our company and our culture. He has already made very good contributions to the business and also developed strong relationships internally and externally. He brings an international and strategic perspective to our business in India. His experience of supporting the governance functions at Walmart India will help us grow further in the right way. He is passionate about growing people and making them successful. I have no doubt he will lead and support his teams to strive for excellence in everything we do.”
I am very happy to welcome Anuj Singh into the Walmart India family. Backed with rich experience of 23 years in India and international markets, I am confident he would lead the business to achieve more success.”
I am very excited with the progress we are making in the country. We recently opened our 23rd Best Price Store and the second Fulfillment Centre in the country and are excited at the opportunity of continuing to create shared value for kiranas, resellers, small businesses, small farmers, associates, and the community at large. With our expansion, we are opening up our mission to more members and helping them save money to live better while enabling kirana/reseller members to prosper by efficiently managing their inventory and lowering their operational costs. While growing the business, we will set new benchmarks in the B2B Cash&Carry format, create thousands of local jobs and continue to invest in making our operations sustainable through renewal energy, waste management, water recycling and replacing single-use plastic with sustainable solutions in a phased manner.”
I wish Sam & Anuj the very best in their new roles. I would also like to thank Devendra Chawla for his contributions to the company, especially for making a difference to our Private Brand business. I wish him good luck in his future endeavours,” concluded Iyer.