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Bharti Retail appoints Walmart’s Craig Wimsatt as advisor

Wimsatt previously served two years as COO of Bharti Walmart joint venture.

Bharti Retail, the privately held retailing arm of Bharti Enterprises Ltd, has roped in Craig Wimsatt from Wal-Mart Stores Inc as an advisor, The Economic Times reported.

The report added citing sources that the appointment is linked to Bharti Enterprises scouting for new international partners for the retail business.

Wimsatt comes on board as number two to new chief of Bharti Retail Raj Jain, the former head of Walmart in India.

Wimsatt joined Bharti Retail early this month and had previously served two years as the COO of Bharti Walmart joint venture. For the last four years Wimsatt was serving as vice president of Global Format Development & Operations at Wal-Mart. 

In October last year, Wal-Mart Stores announced that it is buying out Bharti Enterprises in their equal equity wholesale retail joint venture Bharti Walmart, marking a split in their retail venture. The employees of the JV firm were given the option of either working with Walmart India for its existing wholesale cash & carry retail chain or for Bharti Retail.

Bharti Retail independently operates neighbourhood retail chains under the Easyday brand spread across the north India region besides states like Maharashtra in the west and Karnataka in the south.

Both firms are now in the process of rebuilding their top management. In December, Wal-Mart Stores named Krish Iyer as president and CEO of Walmart India, effective from January 20, 2014. Iyer replaced interim CEO Ramnik Narsey.

(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)

Future Retail Ltd. (formerly known as Bharti Retail Ltd. and Bharti Retail Pvt. Ltd.) owns and operates retail stores. It offers food and grocery categories, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products, staples, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and processed foods, electronics and appliances, clothing and footwear, furniture and furnishing and other household articles. It offers products through stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Future Retail Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Bharti Enterprises Ltd.

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