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Walmart Names Brewer as President of Sam's Club

Jan 20, 2012 2:04 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Wal-Mart Stores Inc.  announced the promotion of Rosalind G. Brewer to president  of Sam's Club effective February 1. Brewer, 49, was most recently president of the Walmart U.S. eastern business unit, where she was responsible for more than $100 billion in annual revenue, representing almost 1,600 stores and more than 500,000 associates. Brewer was also the first chairperson of the Walmart president's council of Global Women Leaders. Brewer will replace Brian Cornell who is departing the company for family reasons.

"Roz came to us with an outstanding background in consumer packaged goods more than five years ago," said Walmart's president, Mike Duke.  "During that time I have seen her develop into a talented merchant and retailer.  She has strong strategic, analytical and operational skills and has successfully managed a large and complex business. I've also been struck by Roz's servant leadership when I have visited stores with her. She always lets her team do the talking, with her focus being on how to better support their needs."

Walmart also promoted Rollin Ford, 49,  to chief administrative officer for the company and he will oversee information systems, global sourcing, global business processes, global shared services and global customer insights.  Gisel Ruiz, 41, was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. and she will be responsible for the company's U.S. operations. Karenann Terrell, 50, was promoted to chief information officer and will be responsible for the company's global technology systems including stores and clubs, supply chain, merchandising and enterprise platforms.

Duke concluded, "We are very intentional about developing talent to meet the needs of our rapidly growing business worldwide. The promotions we are announcing today are clear evidence that our succession and management development programs work, and that we have highly talented, well-rounded and experienced business leaders ready to step into larger roles when the opportunities arise."

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