Claire Babineaux-Fontenot is executive vice president and treasurer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and serves as chief tax officer with responsibility for investor relations, capital markets and treasury operations.
Claire joined the company in 2004 as vice president of audits and tax policy. In 2007, she was promoted to senior vice president and chief tax officer.
Prior to Walmart, Claire was partner at the law firm of Adams & Reese, where she was leader of the firm’s tax practice and partner-in-charge of the Baton Rouge office. Previously, she served as dispute resolution practice group leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was responsible for state tax controversies for the Southwest region of the United States.
Claire began her career as a tax attorney for the Louisiana Department of Revenue and subsequently received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as assistant secretary of the office of legal affairs, where she had responsibility for all tax litigation at the state level. She went on to be an administrative law judge for the Louisiana Department of Civil Service.
Claire has been recognized throughout her career for her strong commitment to diversity. In addition to winning the Dave Jackson Trailblazer Award, in recent years she has been named a Diversity Champion by Diversity Edge magazine and was added to the “Women Worth Watching” list by Diversity Journal.
A native of Opelousas, La., Claire is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned her law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She also holds a master of laws degree in taxation from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas.