(March 2) Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., has named Pam Kohn its successor to Bruce Peterson, who announced his resignation as senior vice president and general merchandise manager for perishables Feb. 2.

Kohn was out of the office and unavailable for comment March 2 when the move was announced to other Wal-Mart executives. She previously was senior vice president of Wal-Mart’s Southeast division and leader of the chain’s Neighborhood Markets.

“We’re thrilled and delighted it’s Pam because she comes to us with a wealth of experience, including a high level of understanding of how food and the supply chain work at Wal-Mart,” said Ron McCormick, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for produce and floral.

Kohn joined Wal-Mart in 2002 as vice president of global supply chain. Before that she was senior vice president of nonperishables for Stop & Shop Supermarket Cos., Boston. She also filled a variety of roles for Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion LLC, most recently as senior vice president of merchandising and marketing.

Kohn succeeds Peterson, who was a driving force behind Wal-Mart’s use of reusable plastic containers. He joined the company in 1991 when it had just six supercenters, and later saw that number grow to more than 2,300.

“Bruce will be hard to replace,” McCormick said. “He created, from literally nothing, so many of the programs and processes we have. There will be big shoes to fill.”

Peterson, whose contract included a noncompete clause, has said he wants to stay in the produce industry.