Wal-Mart picks up Tesco exec

Bentonville, Ark.- based Wal-Mart announced Jan. 4 that Jack Sinclair has been named executive vp-grocery merchandise for the United States, effective Jan. 7.

Sinclair, 47, will oversee the grocery business for Wal-Mart and will integrate planning, category management and store experience into the overall grocery business unit.

Sinclair joins Wal-Mart with broad experience in grocery retailing in the United Kingdom. He spent 14 years at Safeway, serving as group marketing and trading director, and prior to that, he worked at Tesco stores, the company said. Tesco recently entered the United States and is commonly seen as a new competitor for Wal-Mart.

“Jack has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the retail food business, and I look forward to his contributions as we continue to grow our grocery business,” said John Fleming, executive vp and chief merchandising officer for Wal-Mart Stores U.S.