Michael T. Duke, retired president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors, will deliver the Distinguished Executive Lecture in Business and Leadership at 7:30 p.m. April 17 in Yates-Gill College Union (rooms 221/222) on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. The lecture is free and no reservations are needed.
Duke served as president and CEO of Walmart from 2009 to 2014. Today, he continues to serve as chairman of the executive committee of the board. After joining Walmart in 1995, Duke led the logistics, distribution and administration divisions as well as Walmart U.S. He served as vice chairman of the company from 2005 to 2009, overseeing Walmart International operations in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Prior to his career at Walmart, Duke gained 23 years of retailing experience with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores. Currently, he is on the executive board of Conservation International’s Center for Environment Leadership in Business; 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. Additionally, Duke is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He previously served on the board of directors of The Consumer Goods Forum and the executive committee of the Business Roundtable.