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Microsoft has appointed a former Wal-Mart executive to a position considered to be the third most senior position in the corporation.

Kevin Turner comes from a strong retail background. He was president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, Wal Mart’s warehouse club operation with over US$37 billion in annual sales. During Turner’s 20 years at Wal Mart, he held the position of executive vice president and chief information officer.

Turner’s new role at Microsoft will see him in charge of the strategic and operational leadership of Microsoft’s sales, marketing and service professionals on a global basis. He will also be responsible for the company’s fulfillment and IT operations.

“I’m extremely excited to have Kevin join Microsoft’s executive leadership team, where we will benefit immensely from his experience, proven record of success and passion for technology,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.

Turner will start his new position at Microsoft in early September; he will take over from Kevin Johnson, the current vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and services. Johnson held the position for13 years and will continue as a yet unnamed senior executive role.

“Over the past 13 years Kevin Johnson has had an immense impact of the success we have realized at Microsoft under his leadership of our sales and marketing group, Microsoft has grown revenues by more than US$7 billion in the past three years alone,” said Ballmer.