Wal-Mart Stores has promoted Judith McKenna to the position of president and CEO of Walmart International. McKenna, who has been evp and COO at Walmart U.S., will assume her new role on February 1 and will report to Walmart president and CEO, Doug McMillon.
McKenna succeeds David Cheesewright, who has been in the role since 2014 and recently expressed a desire to retire from a full-time executive role, the company stated.
McKenna’s Walmart career began in 1996 at the company’s Asda division in the United Kingdom, where she served as COO and CFO. McKenna also served as evp/strategy and international development for Walmart International.
“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Judith for many years and have seen first-hand her ability to lead strategic change, build relationships with our associates and strengthen our business. It has been inspiring to see her personal growth and the results she’s driven over the years. Her integrity, high expectations and passion for the business and our associates will ensure our continued success in international,” said McMillon.