Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.
Judith McKenna is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. and is responsible for the company’s U.S. store operations, including more than 4,500 retail locations. Additional responsibilities include the development of new formats as well as the Walmart Services, U.S. Asset Protection, Walmart Realty and Store Innovations organizations. She was promoted to this expanded role in December 2014.
In her prior role, Judith was chief development officer for Walmart U.S., where she led the strategy, development and growth of Walmart’s small format business and Walmart Services. She also oversaw the development of new formats and the partnership with Walmart.com to integrate digital commerce into the physical store presence.
Judith has also served as executive vice president of strategy and international development for Walmart International. There, she led several areas including international strategy, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, integration, global format development and purchase leverage.
She has also held the position of chief operating officer for Asda Stores Ltd – the largest subsidiary in Walmart International. During this time her role included leadership of retail, logistics, e-commerce and financial services. She was pivotal in the growth of Asda’s multichannel business and in making technology-enabled retail a key part of Asda’s growth strategy.
Prior to her appointment as chief operating officer, she served as Asda’s chief financial officer for more than 10 years, leading teams across finance, property and store development.
Judith is a passionate ambassador for diversity and inclusion and has previously served as chair of the President’s Global Council of Women Leaders for Walmart worldwide 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 £37 million for Breast Cancer charities over the last 17 years.
In 2015, FORTUNE magazine named Judith to its list of the 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.