Walmart’s chief health, wellness officer exits the company

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Sean Slovenski, senior vice president of health and wellness at Walmart U.S., is exiting the company after just two years. His departure was recently announced in a internal memo from John Furner, CEO of Walmart U.S.

Furner said in the memo Slovenski’s departure has been in the works for the past several weeks. He gave no date nor reason for the departure. Furner said a health, wellness officer will be named in the coming weeks.

“It’s with mixed emotions I share the news … he and his team have stood up the strategy we hired hired him to create and we have made great progress on creating an organization within Walmart to provide affordable, accessible health care to our customers in the form of Walmart Health centers,” Furner noted in the memo.

Furner said Slovenski has been a trusted health expert and advisor to the executive team and has brought a true entrepreneurial mindset to his role. He is credited with leading the rollout of the COVID-19 testing sites across the country during the ongoing pandemic.

Slovenski joined Walmart in 2018 and led the effort of the freestanding health care clinics that debuted in Georgia in the fall of 2019 and expanded to Northwest Arkansas and Florida in 2020. Before joining Walmart, Slovenski was an executive with Franklin, Tenn.-based Healthways for just under two years. and he ran Care Innovations for two and a half years after spending two years with Humana as head of innovation.

News of Slovenski’s departure comes on the heels of a major restructuring of the U.S. division which eliminated roughly 2,000 jobs in the past two weeks as the company continues to focus on a leaner ominichannel strategy.