Walmart promotes new COO, exec VP

Walmart announced that Judith McKenna has been promoted to COO for Walmart U.S. She fills the position for Gisel Ruiz, who has been named executive VP of Walmart's International People Division. Both changes are effective immediately.

Judith McKenna

McKenna will continue to report to Greg Foran, Walmart U.S president and CEO. In her new role she will be responsible for a team of 1.3 million associates and will continue to lead Walmart's small format stores, development of new formats, expansion of Walmart services and the integration of digital commerce in U.S. stores. She has been with the retailer nearly 20 years, joining as a member of Asda's leadership team in the U.K. where she was CFO and COO.

"At her core and by experience, Judith is a retailer who has made major contributions to our business throughout her career," said Foran. "It's exciting to bring her skills in managing store operations, small format growth, logistics and e-commerce to an expanded role in our U.S. operations. Her knowledge of global best practices and her success in leading our associates around the world will help drive our Walmart U.S. business forward."

Gisel Ruiz

Ruiz will report to Walmart International president and CEO David Cheesewright, and will serve as a member of his leadership team and Walmart's Global People leadership team. She will also be tasked with driving the retailer's human resources strategy and priorities impacting more than one million associates across 26 countries. Ruiz joined Walmart as a management trainee and has worked in roles encompassing labor relations, operations and human resources, most recently acting as COO for Walmart U.S.

"Gisel is an inspirational leader who has consistently contributed to Walmart's growth and success throughout her 22 years with the company. Her proven track record and unwavering commitment to our associates make her the perfect choice for this new role," Cheesewright said. "The expertise and leadership that Gisel brings are needed as we take our International Division to the next level. I'm looking forward to the impact she'll have on our associates and business around the world." Press release