Jeff Gearhart is the executive vice president, global governance and corporate secretary for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart). As the leader of the global governance organization, Jeff is responsible for oversight of the company’s global legal, compliance, ethics and security and investigative functions, among others.
Jeff joined Walmart in 2003 as vice president and general counsel, corporate division. In 2007, he became senior vice president and deputy general counsel, and then took over as the head of the company’s legal department when he was promoted to general counsel in 2009. In December 2012, Jeff’s responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of compliance, ethics and investigations, in addition to legal, in order to further strengthen and leverage these key disciplines around the world.
Jeff has held the position of Walmart corporate secretary since 2010.
Before joining Walmart, Jeff was a partner with Kutak Rock LLP, practicing in the corporate, securities and merger and acquisitions areas. In addition, he was previously a partner with the Rose Law Firm.
Jeff is currently a member of the American Bar Association and Arkansas Bar Association. He is also on the board of directors of the Walton Arts Center and the President’s Council for Mission of Hope, Haiti.
Jeff attended law school at
the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He served as an editor of the
Arkansas Law Review and graduated with high honors.