Suresh Kumar has been named the new chief technology officer and chief development officer for Walmart.
Kumar, who will officially join the retailer July 8, is the vice president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics for Google. He previously served as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and operations, and he also spent 15 years at Amazon, including as its vice president of technology for retail systems and operations.
“The technology of today and tomorrow enables us to serve our customers and associates in ways that weren’t previously possible,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a news release. “We want to take full advantage of those opportunities. Suresh has a unique understanding of the intersection of technology and retail, including supply chain, and has deep experience in advertising, cloud and machine learning. And he has a track record of working in partnership with business teams to drive results.”
E-commerce has been a big focus for Walmart, which has been rapidly expanding its grocery pickup and delivery services.