Former Walmart exec joins Supply Chain Management Research Center

Gary Maxwell has joined the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the University of Arkansas as an executive in residence.

Maxwell retired as senior vice president of global business process engineering for Walmart International and has served on the center's board of directors and executive committee at the Sam M. Walton College of Business for several years.

"Gary will be our third executive in residence during the past 12 years, joining Don Bechtel, retired Procter & Gamble supply chain leader and Wes Kemp, retired president of ABF Freight System Inc.," said Jim Crowell, center director. "Together, these three industry leaders bring years of expertise and insights that have and will continue to help shape the strategic direction and programs of the center."

While working for Walmart International, Maxwell and his team were responsible for developing engineering solutions to meet business strategies and defining the best way of working globally. Maxwell also led the international supply chain team and helped develop Walmart distribution practices in India, China, Japan and other markets.

Maxwell joined Walmart in 1999. He has held a number of operating roles, including vice president of distribution for Sam's Club, vice president of warehouse administration and senior vice president of merchandise replenishment. He also served as senior vice president of merchandise distribution and replenishment at Caldor. Maxwell holds a certification in production and inventory management from the Association for Operations Management and retail supply chain from the Retail Industry Leaders Association. In addition to his tenure on the center board, he is a former member of the executive committee of the Voluntary Inter-industry Commerce Solutions.

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