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Walmart taps PayPal's finance chief John Rainey as CFO

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(Reuters) -Walmart Inc has appointed PayPal Holdings Inc's finance head, John Rainey, as chief financial officer (CFO), the world's largest retailer said on Tuesday.

Rainey will take over as CFO effective June 6, replacing Brett Biggs, Walmart's finance chief since 2015, who announced his exit late last year.

Rainey, who announced his departure from PayPal on Tuesday after almost seven years with the payments firm, joins Walmart at a time when retailers across the board are rushing to beef up their e-commerce businesses following the pandemic-led shift to online shopping.

Walmart in 2018 bought a majority stake in Indian online marketplace Flipkart in a $16 billion deal, its biggest overseas investment, and strengthened its U.S. e-commerce business by acquiring apparel retailers Modcloth and Bonobos.

Walmart said Biggs will serve as an adviser until he leaves the company in January 2023.

PayPal said it has appointed senior executive Gabrielle Rabinovitch as interim CFO and launched a formal search for Rainey's replacement.

Rainey, who is on the board of directors at Nasdaq, also served as CFO at United Airlines.

(Reporting by Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru;Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)