Personnel Appointments: November 2021

Kimberly-Clark, Walmart and Whole Foods announce promotions.


Kimberly-Clark, Irving, Texas

Doug Cunningham, managing director of Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, was promoted to president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa consumer business. He is responsible for one of the company’s most dynamic and diverse regions, serving consumers in 120 countries with iconic brands across developed, developing and emerging markets. Cunningham joined the company in 2019.
Cunningham’s increased role comes after a series of other key executive appointments earlier in the year, which included its first chief R&D officer. He will report to CEO Mike Hsu.

Dave Bass


Ahold Delhaize USA, New York

Dave Bass was named managing director of FreshDirect. He succeeds Farhan Siddiqi, Ahold Delhaize’s chief digital officer, who served as interim CEO since May. Bass is tasked with continuing to drive FreshDirect’s growth as a key pillar of the retailer’s omnichannel strategy. He recently led omnichannel merchandising support for the company’s Peapod Digital Labs division.

Chris Nicholas

Walmart, Bentonville, Arkansas

CFO Chris Nicholas was promoted to COO. He is responsible for all aspects of Walmart’s U.S. store operations and supply chain. This includes strategy, innovation, automation, store operations, distribution center and fulfillment center operations, last-mile delivery capability and real estate. Nicholas has more than 20 years of broad retail experience working in nine countries and serving in leadership roles with companies such as Tesco, The Salling Group and the Coles Group.

Jason Buechel

Whole Foods, Austin, Texas

COO Jason Buechel will succeed John Mackey as CEO once the co-founder retires in September 2022. Buechel joined Whole Foods in 2013 as global VP and chief information officer and was promoted in 2015 to EVP before being named COO in 2019. While being responsible for the operations of all Whole Foods stores and facilities, Buechel also currently oversees technology, supply chain and distribution, and team member services.

Stacey Hawes


Catalina, St. Petersburg, Florida

Stacey Hawes was hired as U.S. chief revenue officer of direct and channel sales. Hawes served as president of data practice at Epsilon for the last five years, during which time her team drove significant revenue growth for current and new digital product lines. She spearheaded the practice’s digital transformation, creating new marketing touchpoints, deploying new AI and machine learning algorithms, and establishing strong market distinctions for Epsilon’s data solutions. Hawes will report to Kevin Hunter, CCO and head of innovation.