Kathryn McLay

Courtesy of Walmart
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    President and CEO, Sam’s Club
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McLay took the top job at Sam’s Club in November 2019, just in time for Black Friday. It turned out that would be the easy part. Since then, the Aussie who joined Walmart in 2015 has launched services to protect employees and shoppers: She accelerated the rollout of curbside pickup, and her team designed and deployed a concierge shopping app in only six days that let senior and immunocompromised customers make purchases without leaving their cars—more than 150,000 transactions took place on the platform. Strong results have followed at Walmart’s $59 billion in sales members-only warehouse club business, with operating income up 16.6% during the pandemic.

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