JP Suarez is the Executive Vice President of Walmart Realty, and is responsible for leading all of Walmart’s Realty functions, from development activities for US stores, including site selection for Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and test formats, prototype design, construction, store maintenance, fixture and equipment procurement, along with real estate management and sale. JP leads an organization of over 3,100 associates and has oversight for capital spending in excess of $6-8 billion annually.

Before joining Realty, JP was responsible for Business Development in Walmart’s International Division and looked after merger and acquisition activities, international real estate, and global format development efforts. Prior to that, JP was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Walmart International. He joined the company in 2004 as Vice President and General Counsel for Sam’s Club. JP serves as a board member on the University Of Pennsylvania Law School Board Of Overseers, and serves on the Board of Walmart’s publicly traded subsidiary Massmart.

JP’s previous experience includes serving as President Bush’s Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance at the EPA, having been confirmed by the US Senate. JP also served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, and as the Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming, where he was responsible for overseeing New Jersey’s Casino Industry. While serving as the Director of Gaming, JP was elected Chairman of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.

JP has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama from Tufts University in Boston, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia.