Michelle Gloeckler is the executive vice president of the consumables division and U.S. manufacturing lead for Walmart U.S. In addition to driving merchandising strategies in areas such as beauty, pets, household paper and chemicals, baby, and personal care, 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 served two years as chair of the 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. Over the past seven years, she has served as president-elect, chair of sponsorship and board member for NEW. She currently serves as immediate past chair for NEW and remains on the board.
She is a board member of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and an advisory member of the Northwest Arkansas American Heart Association. She previously served on the board of directors for the United Way Capital Region. She has been honored as one of the Top 40 Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer.
Michelle is a graduate of The University of Michigan. She
and her husband, Scott, and their two boys reside in Bentonville.