WALMART: Executive Q&A
- Gates Hillman Centers
- ASA Conference Room 6115
- DOUG McMILLON
- President and Chief Executive Officer
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Doug McMillon is the CEO of Walmart, one of the world’s largest and best known retailers. In this session, Doug will chat with School of Computer Science Dean Andrew Moore to discuss how Walmart’s navigating this era of rapid change driven by technology. He will also talk about how customers are changing, Walmart’s strategy for the future and how Walmart is changing to deliver the fast and easy shopping experience they desire. One focus will be the role of computer science within Walmart and the retail landscape.
Audience participation and questions will be welcomed and encouraged.
Doug McMillon is the president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart).
As CEO, Doug leads a strong management team that is working to deliver Walmart’s mission of “saving people money so they can live better.” Under his leadership, Walmart is bringing together its stores, logistics network and digital commerce capabilities in new ways to empower customers to shop whenever, wherever and however they want.
From February 2009 to February 2014, Doug served as president and chief executive officer of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart’s overall operations, with more than 6,400 stores and nearly 800,000 associates in 26 countries outside the United States. From 2006 to 2009, he served as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, an operating segment of Walmart, with sales of more than $46 billion annually during his tenure.
Doug is a longtime champion of Walmart’s customers, its associates and the company’s culture. In 1984, he started out as an hourly summer associate in a Walmart distribution center. In 1990, while pursuing his MBA, he rejoined the company as an assistant manager in a Tulsa, Okla., Walmart store before moving to merchandising as a buyer trainee. He went on to serve in successful senior leadership roles in all of Walmart’s business segments. He remains a merchant at heart and understands where customers around the world are heading next.
Doug serves on the boards of directors for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the Consumer Goods Forum, the U.S.-China Business Council, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He also serves on the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China; the executive committee of Business Roundtable; and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Originally from Jonesboro, Ark., Doug graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of science in business administration. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of Tulsa.