Lowe’s taps Walmart executive for supply chain role
Lowe’s is turning to a former Walmart executive to help lead its supply chain operations.
Effective Aug. 8, Donald E. Frieson will assume his new role and will be responsible for the company's distribution centers, logistics, global sourcing, transportation and delivery services. Frieson will report to Marvin R. Ellison, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Frieson worked with Walmart for 19 years and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Sam's Club, a division of Walmart, where he was responsible for all club operations, including supply chain for more than 650 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
"I am excited about joining the Lowe's team and confident we have a significant opportunity to enhance our supply chain approach," said Frieson. "I look forward to working with the senior leadership team to drive operational excellence and exceed customers' expectations."
Frieson joined Sam's Club in November 2012 as Senior Vice President of Replenishment and Inventory Planning. From 2010 to 2012, he served Walmart International as Chief Integration Officer for Massmart Holdings, a chain of more than 300 stores operating in 13 sub-Saharan African nations, where he was responsible for supply chain, merchandise sourcing and private brand integration.
"Don has a proven track-record of driving seamless logistics and operations excellence within large, complex retail organizations with big bulky products, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team," said Ellison. "Don will bring deep experience and technical expertise to lead the transformation of our supply chain to meet the needs of our omni-channel customers."