Michael Bender is executive vice president and president of the Walmart West business unit of Walmart U.S. His responsibilities include all aspects of Walmart business in 22 states.
Prior to his current role, which he assumed in 2011, Michael served as senior vice president of the mountain division, where he was responsible for all aspects of Walmart business in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Michael joined Walmart in 2009 as vice president and regional general manager for the West division, where he was responsible for all aspects of Walmart business in Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
From 2003 to 2007, Michael held several executive-level roles at Cardinal Health, Inc., including president/general manager of the retail and alternate care business. In that role, Michael was responsible for marketing, distribution and sales of pharmaceuticals and health care supplies to U.S. pharmacies and mail-order customers along with creating a range of innovative offerings that improve supply chain delivery and pharmacy economics.
Prior to Cardinal Health, Michael served as vice president of store operations for Victoria’s Secret Stores in Columbus, Ohio. There, he was responsible for all aspects of operations for more than 900 stores. Earlier in his career, he spent 14 years at Pepsi-Cola North America, where he held several executive-level positions in strategic planning, finance, operations, sales and marketing.
Michael serves on the board of directors for Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP) and is chairman of the board’s audit committee. He is also a member of the boards of Valley of the Sun United Way and The Banner Health Foundation; a trustee of Arizona State University; and a member of the Executive Leadership Council.
Michael graduated from Stanford University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He received a master’s of management in finance, marketing and management policy from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1988. He and his wife, Tammy, have two teenage sons.