Wal-mart Stores, Inc. has announced the promotion of Judith McKenna to chief operating officer of Walmart U.S., effective immediately. McKenna is succeeding Gisel Ruiz in the role, as Ruiz has been named executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division, effective immediately.
McKenna, who has been with the company for almost 20 years, will still be reporting to Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and chief executive officer. Ruiz will report to David Cheesewright, Walmart International president and CEO.
“At her core and by experience, Judith is a retailer who has made major contributions to our business throughout her career,” said Foran in a company release. “It’s exciting to bring her skills in managing store operations, small format growth, logistics and e-commerce to an expanded role in our U.S. operations. Her knowledge of global best practices and her success in leading our associates around the world will help drive our Walmart U.S. business forward.”
“Gisel is an inspirational leader who has consistently contributed to Walmart’s growth and success throughout her 22 years with the company. Her proven track record and unwavering commitment to our associates make her the perfect choice for this new role,” said Cheesewright in a company release. “The expertise and leadership that Gisel brings are needed as we take our International Division to the next level. I’m looking forward to the impact she’ll have on our associates and businesses around the world.”