BENTONVILLE, ARK. — On Aug. 14, Walmart Inc. announced changes to its executive team, including the appointment of Kathryn McLay as the new president and chief executive officer of Walmart International, effective Sept. 11. McLay will succeed Judith McKenna, who is retiring after 27 years with the company.
McLay is being promoted from her former position as president and CEO of Sam’s Club US. In that role, McLay and her team delivered 12 consecutive quarters of double-digit sales growth. She initially joined Walmart in 2015, serving in strategy and supply chain roles and later led Walmart’s Neighborhood Market business.
Prior to her time with Walmart, McLay spent her early career with Woolworths Ltd., a prominent Australian retailer, where she served in strategic, finance and supply chain roles.
“I’m thankful for the depth of leadership in our company, and I am excited to see Kath McLay step into the role of president and CEO of Walmart International,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart Inc.
As McLay takes on her new role, McKenna will remain with the company through Jan. 31, 2024, to ensure a smooth transition and to continue serving on Walmart’s Walmex, Flipkart and PhonePe boards.
Additionally, on Aug. 14, Christopher Nicholas was named president and CEO of Sam’s Club US, effective Sept. 11.
Nicholas most recently served as chief operating officer of Walmart US, where he helped develop a strategy for a more automated end-to-end supply chain. He has also served as chief financial officer of Walmart US and Walmart International businesses.
Nicholas joined Walmart in 2018 after working in merchandising and finance roles across seven countries while with Tesco, Salling and the Coles Group.
“Chris has a passion for the development of our associates and for serving our customers,” McMillon said. “He’ll bring this passion to Sam’s Club, and I know he will do an exceptional job.”