BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has promoted Judith McKenna, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S., to president and chief executive officer of Walmart International.
The retail giant said Wednesday that McKenna will assume the new role on Feb. 1, succeeding David Cheesewright, who has led the international division — Walmart’s second-largest operating unit — since 2014. Plans call for Cheesewright to remain with Walmart in a full-time capacity through March and then shift to a part-time role to work on special projects.
The Walmart International division serves more than 100 million customers every week in more than 6,200 retail units, operating outside the United States with 55 banners in 27 countries.
“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,” McKenna said in a statement. “I look forward to building upon our progress to improve the experience for our customers and associates around the world.”
McKenna started career with Walmart in 1996 at Asda, the company’s U.K. operation, where she served as COO and chief financial officer. She also has previously served as executive vice president of strategy and international development for Walmart International.
Joining Walmart U.S. in April 2014, McKenna served as the division’s chief development officer, leading the strategy, development and growth of Walmart’s small-format business and the partnership with Walmart.com to integrate digital commerce into stores. Several months later, she was promoted to executive vice president and COO for Walmart U.S. with responsibilities for the company’s U.S. store operations, including more than 4,500 retail locations.
“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Judith for many years and have seen firsthand her ability to lead strategic change, build relationships with our associates and strengthen our business,” Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon stated. “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 [Walmart] International.”