Walmart CMO Stephen Quinn Steps Down


Walmart U.S. Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Quinn plans to quit his office in January after over 10 years at the organization. Walmart announced that the company would contract former Target Chief Marketing Officer Michael Francis as a consultant and a potential sucessor.

Walmart representative Deisha Barnett said Mr. Quinn will resign as of Jan. 31 and Mr. Francis will join the organization as a consultant beginning Jan. 1. Mr. Quinn’s office alluded calls to Walmart corporate correspondence. Mr. Francis said in an announcement issued through Walmart that he is focused on expanding on the quality of the brand, and added how exited he was to work with the company. Mr. Francis lauded the leadership team for it’s a passion for serving customers.

Mr. Francis declared in August that he’s going down as CMO of Dreamworks Animation after about three years. He was CMO of Target for a long time up to Oct. 2011, when he got to be president of JCPenney. He held that post for eight months amid that retailer’s tumultuous and unsuccessful endeavors under previous CEO Ron Johnson to wean customers off discounts for regular low costs. Mr. Francis later counseled for the Gap before proceeding onward to Dreamworks.

Mr. Quinn, who’s been CMO since 2007, is one of the chief marketers to survive two changes of corporate CEO and two changes of his quick manager since taking the post. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and Walmart U.S. President Greg Foran both have been at work over a year.