We have a rich history of strong leaders who embrace this constant change, set bold visions for our teams and best represent the humanity that is Walmart. I’ve long admired those qualities in Latriece Watkins, who I’m pleased to announce has been named Chief Merchandising Officer – Walmart U.S., effective immediately.
Many of you already know Latriece from her many roles across Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club. She joined the company 24 years ago as an intern in the Real Estate division while pursuing her law degree at the University of Arkansas. Luckily for us, she decided to build a career at Walmart and has served in a variety of key leadership roles within merchandising, human resources and store operations.
In her most recent role as EVP of Consumables for Walmart U.S., Latriece led her team to accelerate top-line sales through supplier partnerships, increased innovation, and improved customer experiences. She has also led several important strategic initiatives including our Shared Value Network team, focused on leveraging our company’s strengths and expertise to increase racial equity within the criminal justice system.
Those of you who have worked with Latriece know she is a merchant at heart and has a talent and passion for developing future leaders. Her enthusiasm, talent and deep experience helped establish the omni merchandising strategy we have today, and her focus on customers and members will only strengthen our position in the future.
Please join me in congratulating Latriece. I’m excited to see our merchandising team excel in its mission to be the customer’s first choice under her leadership."