Tappenden Named to Head Walmart Canada
June 28, 2016,
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.