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Bloomberg reports that Marybeth Hays, who has been Walmart’s executive vice president of consumables and health and wellness for about a year, will leave the company in January 2019.

The story notes that “Hays joined Walmart in 2009 from Lowe’s Cos. and had risen quickly up the ranks, but was sidelined when the company named a former Humana Inc. executive to run the health-care unit last month.”

Furthermore, Bloomberg writes, “Her exit illustrates Walmart’s struggles to hold onto high-profile female executives. While the retailer recently elevated Judith McKenna to run its international business, last year it lost Sam’s Club chief Rosalind Brewer, who’s now at Starbucks Corp. Many of the women in senior executive roles at Walmart are in areas like human resources and legal, such as Rachel Brand, who left the Justice Department to head global governance earlier this year. Hays was one of the few in an operational role, which is the natural path to the corner office at a retailer.”
KC's View:
Not sure anyone should be thinking about the Walmart corner office anytime soon. CEO Doug McMillon is just 51 years old, and Marc Lore - who, if things go well on the e-commerce front, could well be his successor - is a half-dozen years younger than that. This could limit upward mobility for folks with any sort of ambition in this direction.