John Aden is the executive vice president of sales innovation for Walmart U.S. and is responsible for identifying new and disruptive product offerings for driving growth.
John was appointed to his current role in 2014 after serving as executive vice president of merchandise services for Walmart U.S., where he led replenishment, merchandise execution, small formats and supplier development. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of general merchandise for Walmart U.S., leading a strong team of merchants focused on electronics and entertainment, toys and seasonal and hardlines categories. In 2010, John was senior vice president of hardlines merchandising for Walmart U.S. During his tenure in hardlines, John helped to re-establish the authority of these categories by focusing on assortment, in-store merchandising and supplier collaboration.
Since joining Walmart in 2007, John has also served as senior vice president of international operations and senior vice president of global leverage for Walmart International. In his operations role, John led operations, logistics, merchandising, marketing and integration for Walmart’s international markets. He also served on the board of directors for the company’s joint venture in India. As senior vice president of global leverage, John’s team was responsible for leveraging global scale to drive growth and productivity by focusing on integration, purchase leverage, and innovation/process excellence.
Prior to Walmart, John served as the president of Mac Tools for seven years. Before joining Mac Tools, he spent 10 years working for the Frito-Lay Division of PepsiCo where he held a variety of positions in sales, marketing and field operations, including serving as the regional vice president of the Midwest region in North America.
John is chairman of the board of the CEO Forum and a
member of the advisory board of the Sales Centre at Ohio University, an
academic center focused on sales education. He has a bachelor’s degree in
economics from the University of Washington.