Karenann Terrell is executive vice president and chief information officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart). She has responsibility for the largest segments of the global Walmart Technology portfolio including Information Systems Division (ISD), Global Back Office Solutions, and Data and Analytics.
Under Karenann’s leadership, more than 5,000 world-class Walmart technologists support over 11,500 retail stores and membership clubs worldwide, under 72 banners in 28 countries. Information systems supporting the company’s 2.3 million global associates are also maintained.
The teams also power the domestic and international supply chains, merchandising, finance, real estate and enterprise infrastructure. Karenann leads a global team that develops innovative technology solutions that are integrating the digital and physical shopping experiences so customers get the products they want, in the way they choose, whether it be in stores and clubs, online or via mobile devices.
Karenann joined Walmart in 2010 as executive vice president of information systems. She was promoted to chief information officer in February 2012.
Prior to joining the company, Karenann served as chief information officer of Baxter International, Inc., where she was responsible for the company’s global IT function, supporting businesses worldwide. Previously, Terrell was chief information officer of the Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz North America. She began her career with General Motors, where her responsibilities included manufacturing and engineering for the Cadillac brand.
Karenann is a member of the board of trustees for the New York Hall of Science, a hands-on science and technology center. She also serves as executive sponsor of Walmart’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives.
Karenann was most recently named the winner of the 2016 Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership, presented by the prestigious Fisher CIO Leadership Program at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In 2013, Karenann was named “CIO of the Year” by the National Association of Software & Services (NASSCOM) and selected as a member of Fortune’s Executive Fantasy League “Dream Team” starting line-up. She was previously named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in the Automotive Business” by Automotive News, as well as “outstanding engineer” at Kettering and Purdue University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively, in electrical engineering. In 2015 she was recognized by her alma mater as a distinguished alumna.