Judith McKenna announced her retirement in August 2023, after 27 years with Walmart. Most recently, Judith served as president and CEO of Walmart International from 2018-2023, where she was responsible for all aspects of Walmart’s footprint outside the U.S., leading a team of 500,000 associates across 5,200 stores and 18 countries. During her leadership, Judith rearchitected the International portfolio and delivered strong results with the strategy of "Strong Local Businesses, Powered by Walmart." She put customers and associates at the center, while expanding eCommerce and omnichannel offerings, and leveraging innovations from across international markets. She has been a deep advocate of Walmart’s purpose to help people save money so can live better around the world and worked to make lives easier by creating a global culture that put the customer at the center of everything we do.
Prior to leading Walmart International, Judith was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S., supporting 1.3 million people across 4,500 stores. During that time, she shaped the company’s eCommerce offering and digital transformation, leading the online grocery pickup business. Her passion for people led to investments in associate compensation, the launch of Walmart Academies, and brought new technology for store managers. Before that, she served as executive vice president of strategy and development for Walmart International, chief operating officer for Asda Stores Ltd. in her native U.K, and as Asda’s chief financial officer for more than a decade.
Judith has a lifelong passion for developing people at all levels and creating opportunities for learning. She’s the daughter of two teachers and is an advocate for associate training and education. She was also the architect behind the introduction of Walmart Academies to the U.S.
Judith is the chair of Walmex, a Bolsa-listed company, and a board member of Flipkart and PhonePe in India. She also appears on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women in Business and Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Powerful Women. Judith graduated with a law degree from University of Hull in England before earning her Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales accounting qualification at KPMG and was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from University of Hull.
Judith will remain with the company until January 31, 2024.