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William S. Simon

William S. Simon
William S. Simon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Walmart U.S.

William S. Simon is president and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart U.S. He is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of Walmart’s U.S. business, leading 1.3 million associates and about 4,000 stores. Simon and his team are focused on executing Walmart’s core business model – lowering costs in order to offer customers lower prices – and fulfilling the company’s mission of saving people money so they can live better. From 2007 to 2010, Simon was the chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. where he worked to drive innovation and improvement throughout the business. He previously served as executive vice president of professional services and new business development, and he led the team that created and launched Walmart’s $4 prescription drug program.

Simon joined Walmart in March 2006 from Brinker International, where he was senior vice president of global business development and was responsible for the growth of the company’s restaurant portfolio outside the United States. Prior to Brinker, Simon served as secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services, appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush. He was responsible for the state’s operations and administrative functions, including health care benefits, human resources, the Florida retirement system, facilities management and real estate. Simon also was president of Diageo Southeast and president of North America Ready to Drink. He held senior sales and marketing roles with Cadbury-Schweppes, PepsiCo and RJR-Nabisco. He serves on the boards of Darden Restaurants, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Retail Industry Leaders Association and the National Retail Federatio

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