Walmart’s Jet.com names Tesco veteran Simon Belsham President

Walmart’s Jet.com has hired Tesco veteran Simon Belsham as president of the e-commerce company, effective immediately. Belsham will be responsible for growing their online grocery business.

“There are so many ways technology can change retail and be a force for good in our lives,” Belsham said in a statement about his new role. “In my view, there is no business better positioned to take advantage of the opportunity ahead than the combination of Walmart and Jet.”

Belsham spent seven years at Tesco and worked at U.K.-based online grocer Ocado.
“With Jet Grocery being an integral part of the strategy, Simon brings incredible experience in scaling grocery delivery and his unique background in converging technology and retail to create amazing experiences for customers,” Walmart e-commerce CEO Marc Lore said in a memo to associates.

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.