Carl Douglas McMillon is the president and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Walmart Inc. He became the CEO of Walmart in 2014 replacing Mike Duke. McMillon also serves on the company's board of directors. From 2005 to 2009, he led the company's Sam's Club division, and from 2009 to 2013, he led Walmart's international division. 55-year-old Doug McMillon (Born on 17 October 1966) is the youngest CEO in the history of Walmart Inc.
McMillon has devoted himself to Walmart, throughout his career he has worked for Walmart. He started his career in 1984 with Walmart, when he was a teenager, as a summer associate. Gradually showing his interest he became a buyer with Walmart. After completing his studies he rejoined Walmart and became an assistant manager at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, store. In 1991, he moved to Walmart's Bentonville headquarters to join the buyer-training program. Later he worked as a general merchandise manager for Walmart's wholesale store division Sam's Club before taking an executive role at Walmart, overseeing toys, electronics, and sporting goods, among other areas.
In 2005, McMillion became president and CEO of Sam's Club. In 2009 he was promoted to lead Walmart's international division. Under his leadership at the company's international division, Walmart focused on improving in existing markets, such as Canada, China, United Kingdom and the Americas, by integrating Walmart's "everyday low prices" model to these international markets. It was his tenure that Walmart International's sales growth outpaced Walmart US. By late 2013, Walmart International operated 6,300 stores in 26 countries.
On November 25, 2013, the company announced that McMillon would immediately join the company's board of directors, and would replace Mike Duke to become the CEO effective on February 1, 2014. He was given the charge at a time when the company faced slow growth and increased competition from rivals, such as Costco, Amazon.com, grocery store chains Kroger and Safeway, and discount chains of small stores like Family Dollar and Dollar General. By 2016, McMillon raised wages for hourly workers in the US, boosted the company's commitment to e-commerce and revamped Walmart's executive team.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016 McMillon was named in Forbes World's Most Powerful People list and ranked No. 29, No. 32, No. 27 respectively. In response to the mass shooting which took place at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in August 2019, McMillion announced that the company would no longer sell ammunition used for handguns and military-style weapons.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, McMillon grew up in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the eldest of 3 children born to Laura and Morris McMillon, a dentist who served in Vietnam. He did his schooling from Bentonville High School, attended University of Arkansas, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1989 and in 1990 he did his MBA from University of Tulsa. McMillon is married to Shelley, the couple has 2 sons and lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.