Tappenden Named to Head Walmart Canada

Hakeem tapped to succeed Tappenden as COO
June 28, 2016David Gill

TappendenLee3x2Lee Tappenden
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario-Walmart Canada has appointed Lee Tappenden, its current COO, to succeed Dirk Van De Berghe as president and CEO Aug. 15.

Tappenden will report to David Cheesewright, president and CEO of Walmart International. Van De Berghe will be assuming the role of president and CEO of Walmart China on Aug. 22, pending his work authorization. Succeeding Tappenden as COO of Walmart Canada will be Bob Hakeem, currently chief administrative officer for Walmart’s Canadian arm.

Tappenden joined Walmart in 1996 and served in a number of roles in the retailer’s international operations, including chief merchandising officer for Walmart Japan and vice president of merchandising for the international division. He came to Walmart Canada in 2010 as senior vice president of merchandise operations, and became chief merchandising officer the following year. He was named COO last year.

“Lee is extremely well poised to lead Walmart Canada and continue the momentum of growth we are seeing in this market,” Cheesewright said. “He has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career with Walmart internationally in both merchandising and operations, but he also brings to the role a real passion and heart for our associates and customers.”

HakeemBob3x2Bob Hakeem
Hakeem joined Walmart Canada in 2008 as senior vice president of the people division. He was named executive vice president of human resources in 2012, and was promoted to his current post in 2015.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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