BENTONVILLE, ARK. — Judith McKenna has been named president and chief executive officer of Walmart International at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., effective Feb. 1. She succeeds David Cheesewright in leading the company’s second-largest operating segment. Mr. Cheesewright has served in the role since 2014 and recently announced his intent to retire from a full-time position.
Ms. McKenna is executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. She began her career with Walmart in 1996 at Asda, the company’s operation in the United Kingdom, where she was chief operating officer and chief financial officer. She also has worked as executive vice-president of strategy and international development for Walmart International, leading international strategy, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, integration, global format development and purchase leverage. She joined the Walmart U.S. division in 2014, serving as chief development officer, leading the strategy, development and growth of Walmart’s small-format business and the integration of digital commerce into physical stores. Several months later she advanced to her current role, assuming responsibility for the company’s U.S. store operations, including more than 4,500 retail locations.
Walmart International operates more than 6,200 retail units outside the United Sates with 55 banners in 27 countries.
“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 Doug McMillon, president and c.e.o. of Walmart. “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.”
Mr. Cheesewright will remain with the company full time through March and then serve the company on a limited basis, assisting with special projects for a longer period of time.“During his 19 years with the company, David has served in a number of key leadership roles in our company,” Mr. McMillon said. “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.”