Judith McKenna is the executive vice president of strategy and international development for Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart's overall operations with more than 6,100 stores and over 823,000 associates in 26 countries outside the United States. In this role she leads several areas including international strategy, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, integration, global format development and purchase leverage.
Prior to her current role, Judith was the chief operating officer for Asda Stores Ltd – the largest subsidiary in Walmart International, with over 560 stores and an annual turnover of $34bn. During this time Judith had direct responsibility for more than 180,000 associates and her role included leadership of retail, logistics, eCommerce 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.
Judith joined Asda in 1996 and prior to her appointment as COO she held the role of Asda’s CFO for more than 10 years leading teams across finance, property and store development. During that time she was instrumental in Asda’s acquisition of the Netto business, creating a new supermarkets division and successfully integrating 190 stores into the business.
Judith is a passionate ambassador for diversity and a respected judge for a number of equality and diversity awards in the U.K. She continues to be the proud ambassador for Asda’s Tickled Pink campaign which has raised $45m for Breast Cancer charities over the last 16 years, in 2012 she was awarded the prestigious ‘Retail Woman of the Year’ award.
Judith graduated with an honours degree in Law from Hull University, England before gaining her ICAEW accounting qualification at KPMG – one of the U.K.’s leading accounting firms. Prior to joining Asda, she worked at Allied Domecq in the leisure and brewing industry in a variety of finance roles. In 2013 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from Hull University.