Wal-Mart picks new leader of international unit

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart has picked Judith McKenna to run its international unit, a job that in the past has led to the CEO role at the retailer.

McKenna, who is currently chief operating officer, will start as CEO and president of Wal-Mart’s international business on Feb. 1. She will replace David Cheesewright, who is retiring.

Wal-Mart’s current CEO, Doug McMillon, and his predecessor, Michael Duke, ran the international unit before moving to the top job.

In her new role, McKenna will oversee Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s more than 6,200 stores in 27 countries. The Bentonville-based company has more than 4,500 U.S. stores.