Michelle Gloeckler is the executive vice president of the consumables and health and wellness divisions and U.S. manufacturing lead for Walmart U.S. In addition to driving merchandising strategies in areas such as beauty and personal care, pets, household paper and chemicals, baby, OTC, pharmacy and optical, Michelle leads a strong team who is responsible for Walmart’s investment of $250 billion in products that support American jobs.
Previously, Michelle was senior vice president of the home division, overseeing buying, branding, product development and collaboration across functions. In January of 2013, Walmart announced its commitment to grow U.S. manufacturing, and Michelle’s responsibilities expanded to lead that effort.
Prior to leading the home division, Michelle was senior vice president of merchandise execution, where she led a team responsible for implementing merchandising strategies at store level across Walmart U.S. operations. Her team developed all communication, signage, fixtures and localized assortments for stores, including unique assortments for Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Michelle joined Walmart in 2009 as the vice president of candy, seasonal food gifts and impulse items for Walmart U.S.
Prior to Walmart, Michelle spent 21 years at The Hershey Company, working in the field and at the home office in vice president roles overseeing sales, marketing, and category development for all of Hershey’s U.S. retailers and brands. She also served as general manager of The Hershey Experience, leading the direct-to-consumer business that included the Hershey’s Chocolate World visitors’ center, New York and Chicago flagship stores, web and catalog business, including fulfillment and call center, manufacturing and product licensing.
Michelle serves on both industry and education boards. She is on the LSA Dean’s Advisory Council for University of Michigan as well as Retail Advisory Board for NACDS. Michelle served over eight years on the board of Network of Executive Women (NEW), a not-for-profit industry group with a mission of attracting, advancing and retaining women in the retail and consumer package goods industry through education and networking. She held six years of leadership roles including two years as national chair.
She gives her time locally to the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen and the Walton Arts Center and served as a United Way Board Member in Pennsylvania. Michelle has been recognized by the industry as a Top Woman in Grocery, Mass Merchandising and Shopper Marketing.
Michelle is a graduate of The University of
Michigan. She and her husband, Scott, and their two boys reside in Bentonville.