This week, Walmart named grocery retail vet Kathryn McLay as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of its Sam’s Club division. The retail behemoth announced her position effective as of November 15, 2019.
McLay first began her retail career in 1992 after finishing her business degree and her postgraduate studies in psychology at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She then spent the next seven years in the external and internal audit sector before making the jump to retail and joining Woolworths. At Woolworths, she held a number of roles in retail and supply chain, including the General Manager for Cost, Northern Logistics Operations Manager for Warehousing and Transportation, and General Manager of Replenishment.
“I’m excited to share Kathryn McLay will become the President and CEO of Sam’s Club,” announced Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, in a press release. “Kath has a track record of success in every role she has taken on. Her ability to deliver results today, develop a vision for the future, and lead the change necessary to achieve it is compelling. She is curious and courageous. Kath builds trust and is a servant leader. She understands the details of retail given her audit, supply chain, and operational experience.”
In 2015, McLay joined Walmart's team as the Vice President of U.S. Finance and Strategy, leading the Legacy strategy. She then took on the role of Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, before being promoted to her most recent position as the Executive Vice President of Neighborhood Markets—where she led the growth and overall operations of nearly 700 stores across the U.S.
McLay succeeds John Furner, who was promoted to President and CEO of Walmart U.S. in October.
“John Furner and the Sam’s Club team have strengthened our foundation and built momentum. Kath will help build on that and take it to the next level. We look forward to seeing her contributions to this part of our business,” added McMillon.
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