Mike Duke

Retired President & CEO
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

We're excited to host Mike Duke of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as our fall 2014 Distinguished Speaker! Join us on October 14 for the Distinguished Speakers Series luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center. 

Michael T. Duke is the retired president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and current chairman of the executive committee of the company’s board of directors.

During his five-year tenure as CEO, Mike helped Walmart navigate a period of economic, social and technological change while delivering strong financial results. He put in place the building blocks for the company’s future by making critical investments in technology and talent, including a strong management team. He also broadened Walmart’s commitment to lead on some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. Mike has long been a champion for diversity and was especially engaged in the advancement of women, both inside and outside the company.

Mike joined Walmart in 1995, and over his 18 years with the company led the logistics, distribution and administration divisions as well as Walmart U.S. In 2005, he was appointed to vice chairman with responsibility for Walmart International.

Prior to joining Walmart, Mike had 23 years of experience in retailing with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores.

Mike has served on the board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. since 2008, 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 and the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Mike graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and a son.

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