LONDON (Reuters) – Asda, the British supermarket arm of Walmart <WMT.N>, said Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Alex Russo is to leave the business and will be succeeded by Rob McWilliam, who has held the finance chief role before.
Asda, which agreed in April to be taken over by rival Sainsbury’s <SBRY.L> for 7.3 billion pounds ($9.6 billion), said Russo would depart at the end of the month after four and a half years in the job.
The supermarket group said Russo had a new job but did not disclose where it was.
“Alex has been discussing his desire to seek a new challenge for more than a year and we’re delighted that he has found the right business opportunity that he has been looking for,” said Asda chief executive Roger Burnley.
McWilliam left Asda in 2012 after 15 years in the business to lead finance and consumables for Amazon UK.
In January he started working with Asda again on a consultancy basis.
“We’ve been looking for a CFO who combines a deep knowledge of UK grocery retail, knowledge of Asda and Walmart relationships, and the skills to support the work we have to do to successfully complete our combination with Sainsbury’s,” said Burnley.
Sainsbury’s takeover is currently being probed by Britain’s regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority.
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(Reporting by James Davey, Editing by Paul Sandle)