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We're excited to host Brett Biggs, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart, as COBA’s Fall 2016 Distinguished Speaker.

Brett is responsible for accounting and control, corporate strategy and development, business planning and analysis, internal auditing, treasury, tax, global shared services and several other key areas of the company.

Before being appointed to his current role, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart International, where he was responsible for all global finance activities, including accounting and controls, business planning and analysis, financial services, and support for real estate, M&A and Strategy. Prior to that, Brett served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart U.S., where he was responsible for U.S. finance functions including strategy, merchandising, logistics, financial services, real estate, operations, and financial planning and analysis.

Previously, Brett was senior vice president, International Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions. In this capacity, he led the strategy and execution for Walmart’s entry into Japan and India, as well as acquisitions and partnerships in China, the U.K., Brazil and Central America.  He has also served as senior vice president, Corporate Finance, in which Brett led Walmart’s treasury operations and capital markets functions, including managing global banking relationships.  He was then promoted to chief financial officer, Sam’s Club, leading the finance and strategy functions for Sam’s Club.  Following this role he served as senior vice president of operations for Sam’s Club. In this role, he led all facets of Sam’s Club operations in the southern part of the U.S. encompassing 13 states and Puerto Rico with over 230 clubs and 40,000 associates. 

Prior to joining Walmart in 2000, Brett held various M&A and corporate finance positions with Leggett & Platt, Phillips Petroleum Co. and Price Waterhouse.

Brett is involved in various civic functions including serving on the Board of Directors for MANA, a nonprofit group focused on acute malnutrition in African children. Brett also serves on the Cancer Challenge Board and is a former member of the Board of the First Tee of Northwest Arkansas.

Brett graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and later received a MBA with Honors from Oklahoma State University. He serves in various advisory roles at Harding University. 

Join us on October 25 for the Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon beginning at 11:45 am in the Hunter Welcome Center. To purchase tickets, please click on this link. If you have questions about the event, please email M.C. Jennings at marycolleen.jennings@acu.edu.

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