Walmart Canada announces two executive leadership changes

Walmart Canada is pleased to announce two senior executive leadership changes to support its journey to perform and transform and where talent continues to be a critical component of this journey.

Effective immediately, AnnMarie Mercer has been named Chief People Officer and will join the Canadian Leadership team. In addition, Rob Nicol, Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs, has been appointed to the Canadian Leadership Team. “This announcement speaks to our bench strength of talent,” said Horacio Barbeito, President and CEO, Walmart Canada. “It’s a very exciting time for Walmart Canada and through AnnMarie and Rob’s dynamic leadership, I’m confident we will continue to build upon our transformational journey for both our associates and customers.”

AnnMarie Mercer is Walmart Canada’s new Chief People Officer leading human resources for one of Canada's largest employers with over 100,000 associates supporting more than 400 stores, distribution centres and fleet hubs nationwide and a growing e-commerce business.

AnnMarie joined Walmart Canada in 2015 and has been instrumental in charting the retailer’s path forward on strategic initiatives driving the talent agenda, organizational design and future ways of working. Her ability to translate strategy into action and collaborate across the organization. AnnMarie is known as a developer of talent, motivating others to strive to their full potential, capitalizing on their unique capabilities and demonstrating how their actions translate to our ‘bigger picture’. AnnMarie’s strengths will position Walmart Canada well in the next phase of its transformational journey, ensuring it continues to be associate-centred.

Prior to joining Walmart, AnnMarie held several senior leadership roles in both human resources and communications leading major corporate and global initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions around the world, driving the talent agenda forward.

Rob Nicol is Walmart Canada’s Vice President Communications and Corporate Affairs overseeing environmental social governance, government affairs, corporate events, translation, and internal and external communications.

Rob joined Walmart Canada in 2017. In his five years at Walmart, Rob has led the complete transformation of the Corporate Affairs team. Through his leadership, the team has strengthened Walmart Canada’s external reputation as a regenerative business, fostered positive and strategic relationships with government and helped position Walmart Canada as a top place to work through a more proactive approach to telling the Walmart Canada story.

Rob has extensive expertise and senior corporate affairs experience spanning sectors and government including, a leading consulting firm, 407 ETR and Canadian Tire Corporation. He has also served as Director of Communications to a Premier of Ontario as well as a Prime Minister of Canada.