Walmart India has appointed the former CEO of Future Consumer Devendra Chawla as its Chief Operating Officer, as per media reports.
He will be the COO of merchandising, marketing and omnichannel function of Walmart India, and will report to the Walmart India CEO Krish Iyer.
His appointment at Walmart was announced at a town hall meeting held on Monday and he is expected to join in the second week of August. The world’s largest retailer operates 21 cash-and-carry stores in India, with small retailers and businesses being its main customers. The wholesaler plans to open 50 such outlets in the next three years.
Chawla’s resignation from Future Consumer was reported last week, and his last day at the company is July 31st, as per company’s stock-exchange filing. Chawla was named the CEO of Future Consumer in January this year as part of a wider management rejig at the retail group.
Chawla had joined Future Group in January 2009 as the CEO for its private brands business, according to his LinkedIn profile. He became the President, Business Head at Food Bazaar in 2011, and then was the CEO-Food ay Future Group India in July 2013.
He previously worked at Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail Ltd, beverage giant Coca-Cola and Asian Paints.
He graduated in engineering from the University of Pune and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.