Wal-Mart U.S. promoted Judith McKenna to chief operating officer, assuming the duties from Gisel Ruiz, who has been named executive vice president of Wal-Mart’s International People Division. McKenna, previously chief development officer for Wal-Mart U.S., is filling the coo post immediately and will continue to report to Wal-Mart U.S. president and chief executive officer Greg Foran. Ruiz also starts in her new position effective immediately and will report to Wal-Mart International president and ceo David Cheesewright.
As coo, McKenna will lead a team of 1.3 million store associates. She also will continue to lead Wal-Mart’s small-format stores, development of new formats, expansion of Wal-Mart services and the integration of digital commerce into current U.S. stores. She has been with Wal-Mart for almost 20 years, joining the company as part of its Asda leadership team in the U.K., where she served as the chief financial officer and coo. She later moved to Wal-Mart International as executive vice president of strategy and international development.
As executive vice president of Wal-Mart’s International People Division, Ruiz will be a key member of Cheesewright’s leadership team and the company’s global people leadership squad. She will also drive Wal-Mart’s human-resources strategy and priorities that reach more than 1 million associates in 26 nations. Ruiz started at Wal-Mart as a management trainee and built experience across key roles in labor relations, operations and human resources.