January 16, 2018 / 10:58 PM / a year ago

Top Walmart executive to be appointed International CEO: source

Judith McKenna speaks about Christmas holiday plans during a media briefing at Walmart store in Teterboro, New Jersey, U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) Chief Operating Officer Judith McKenna will take up the role of chief executive of its international unit, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

The role is seen by many as a stepping stone to the top job at the world’s largest retailer, with current CEO Doug McMillon and his predecessor Mike Duke having run the international unit previously.

The current International CEO David Cheesewright will stay with the retailer and work on company projects, the source said. The nature of the projects were not immediately known.

McKenna could take up the new job on Feb. 1, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing people familiar with the matter. bloom.bg/2mH0eh4

Wal-Mart’s international business reported net sales of $29.55 billion in the last reported quarter, accounting for nearly a quarter of the company’s total net sales.

Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru and Nandita Bose in New York; Editing by Maju Samuel and Sandra Maler

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