Joaquín González Varela is executive vice president and president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s East Business Unit, representing nearly 1,600 stores in four divisions spanning from Maine to Puerto Rico.
He is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of all growth opportunities, including store innovation, supply chain, real estate and people development.
Joaquín has worked for Walmart since 1989. He joined Walmart U.S. in June 2008 as regional vice president. In January 2010, he was promoted to divisional president and senior vice president of Florida operations.
Before joining Walmart U.S., Joaquín held a variety of positions with Walmart de México. During his more than 20-year retail career, he has worked across many divisions including operations, merchandising, logistics and finance.
In Mexico, Joaquín led the development of a new store format, Bodega Express, which today is a primary growth vehicle for Walmart de México. He implemented a cold supply chain network for all fresh merchandise – the first of its class in Latin America – including operations standards, procedures and the grand opening of the first distribution center in Mexico.
Joaquín graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) with a bachelor's degree in actuarial science and later received a diploma in corporate finance at the same institution. He serves on the boards of directors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Tech’s Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering.