Judith McKenna Named President and CEO of Walmart International
- by Robert Schaulis
BENTONVILLE, AR – Changes to Walmart’s organizational structure in the United States have made headlines recently, and now the retailer has announced plans to transition senior leadership abroad. The company has announced that Judith McKenna will be promoted to President and CEO of Walmart International—the company’s second-largest operating segment—succeeding David Cheesewright, who plans to retire.
“Being chosen to lead Walmart International truly is an honor, and I can’t think of a more exciting time to be in this part of the business,” said McKenna, in a company press release. “I look forward to building upon our progress to improve the experience for our customers and associates around the world.”
McKenna began her career with Walmart through the company’s U.K. operation Asda—where she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. She also served as President of Strategy and International Development for Walmart International, leading operations including international strategy, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, integration, global format development, and purchase leverage.
After moving to Walmart’s U.S. division in April 2014, McKenna served as the business unit’s Chief Development Officer; in that capacity, she led the strategy, development and growth of Walmart’s small format business and the partnership with Walmart.com to integrate digital commerce into the physical store presence. Later that same year, McKenna was promoted to her expanded role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Walmart U.S. with responsibilities for the company’s U.S. store operations, including more than 4,500 retail locations.
McKenna is currently serving as EVP and COO for Walmart U.S, and will assume her new role on Feb. 1, 2018, reporting directly to Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon.
“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Judith for many years and have seen first-hand her ability to lead strategic change, build relationships with our associates, and strengthen our business,” said McMillon. “It has been inspiring to see her personal growth and the results she’s driven over the years. Her integrity, high expectations, and passion for the business and our associates will ensure our continued success in International.”
The company also noted the value of Cheesewright’s contributions to the organization, in its press release, and noted that Cheesewright will remain with the company full time through March and then serve the company, on a limited basis, with specific projects for a longer period.
“During his 19 years with the company, David has served in a number of key leadership roles in our company,” added McMillon. “He has built a reputation as an insightful strategic thinker with a track record of delivering consistent, profitable growth. He has been instrumental in strengthening our business across the globe. He’s a passionate advocate for our people, culture, and purpose around the world.”
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