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Walmart names new health and wellness lead

Walmart has named a new senior vice president of health and wellness for Walmart U.S. Sean Slovenski will take on the role from his most recent position as president of Healthways’ population health division, effective Aug. 1, according to a company memo from Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran.

“Sean is a proven leader and entrepreneur with an established track record in defining and building businesses within the healthcare industry,” Foran said. “I am delighted to bring such an experienced executive on board to lead a critical area of our business.”

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In his new role, Slovenski will work to implement the company’s plan to put more focus on the health and wellness business in the near term, with the goal of making health care more affordable and accessible. Reporting to Slovenski will be:

  • Paul Beahm, senior vice president of health and wellness operations;

  • Cory Gundberg, senior vice president of health and wellness – lead in pharmacy;

  • Sandy Ryan, vice president of clinics and quality;

  • Luke Kleyn, vice president of payer relations;

  • Marcus Osborne, vice president of health and wellness transformation;

  • Jinali Desai, vice president and DMM of Rx merchandising; and

  • Mony Iyer, vice president of optical, who is set to join the company July 23.

In addition to his time at Healthways, Slovenski previously was CEO of Care Innovations, an Intel-GE joint venture, as well as vice president of innovation at Humana.

Marybeth Hays, who currently oversees the retailer's health and wellness business, is engaged in the transition and will be sharing more details of her next position at a later date, Foran said. Latriece Watkins will continue leading the company’s consumables portfolio, reporting to chief merchandising officer Steve Bratspies.
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