Very Group drafts in former Walmart director as chief executive

Lionel Desclee

Online retailer Very Group has appointed an ex-Walmart executive to become chief executive as Henry Birch stands down after four and a half years in charge.

Very has recruited Lionel Desclée as Birch’s successor. Desclée, who was president and chief executive of Walmart’s Japanese business for three years, joins the retailer from McKinsey & Company, where he is a senior advisor, and will take over from Birch in September.

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