James A. Barron is the executive vice president of the softlines and general merchandise divisions for Walmart U.S. He is responsible for driving merchandise strategies across every channel and leading a strong team of merchants focused on Walmart’s home, apparel, electronics and entertainment, toys, seasonal and hardlines categories.
Andy joined Walmart in 1993 and has served in many merchandising roles, including menswear and intimate apparel, automotive, toys, home entertainment and hardlines. He was promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager in 2004 and later became senior vice president and general manager of hardlines merchandising. In 2009 he was named senior vice president over merchandise execution, reporting to both the chief marketing officer and chief operating officer in Walmart U.S.
He has received the General Merchandise Manager of the Year Award and was the recipient of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Good Fellow Award. Andy also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the School of Retailing at the University of Arizona, a role he has held since 2008.
Prior to his career at Walmart, he worked in various
management roles at Joske’s department stores and County Seat stores. Andy has
a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.