President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
At Large Member
Mike Duke is the president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. From 2005 to February 2009, Mike served as vice chairman of the company, with responsibility for Walmart International. As CEO, Mike leads a strong management team that is focused on keeping Walmart’s mission of “saving people money so they can live better” relevant to every customer, every day. The company also continues to broaden and accelerate its global efforts on environmental sustainability, responsible sourcing, associate opportunity and U.S. health care. Since joining Walmart in 1995, Mike has led the logistics, distribution and administration divisions as well as U.S. operations. As vice chairman, Mike was actively involved in developing and executing corporate strategy. He focused on setting higher standards of excellence for the company’s resources and people — from the redesign of logistics and merchandise distribution systems to the recruitment of talent and development of strong teams. Under Mike’s leadership, the company’s international business became a fast-growing part of Walmart’s overall operations with over 3,500 stores and 680,000 associates in 15 markets outside the continental United States. In leading Walmart’s expansion into mature and emerging markets, Mike built an international management team that delivered excellent operational results in a complex global environment. As a stand-alone business, Walmart International would be one of the most successful global retailers with annual sales of almost $100 billion in 2008. Prior to joining the company, Mike had 23 years of experience in retailing with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores. Mike serves on the board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the board of directors of The Consumer Goods Forum, the executive committee of Business Roundtable and is on the executive board of Conservation International’s Center for Environment Leadership in Business. He also serves on the board of advisors for the University of Arkansas. Mike graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and a son.