Judith McKenna is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. In addition to overseeing operations for the company’s 4,500 U.S. stores, Judith is also responsible for Walmart Services, Asset Protection, Walmart Realty, Store Innovations and the development of new formats.
In her 20-plus years with the company, Judith has served in a number of key leadership roles in the U.S. and UK, including: chief development officer for Walmart U.S., where she led the strategy, development and growth of Walmart’s small format business and Walmart Services; executive vice president of strategy and development for Walmart International; chief operating officer for Asda Stores Ltd – the largest subsidiary of Walmart International; as well as chief financial officer for Asda, leading teams across finance, property and store development.
Judith is a passionate ambassador for diversity and inclusion and has served as chair of the President’s Global Council of Women Leaders, with responsibility for the development and leadership of Walmart’s women’s strategy across Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She is a patron of the UK’s Women in Retail and also serves as a trustee of Asda’s Tickled Pink charity, which has raised £50 million for Breast Cancer charities over the last 20 years.
In 2015 and 2016, she was named to FORTUNE’s list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.
Judith graduated with an honours degree in law from Hull University in England before gaining her ICAEW accounting qualification at KPMG, one of the U.K.’s leading accounting firms. In 2013 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from Hull University.