• Walmart CEO Doug McMillon began working for the retailer in high school.
  • McMillon experienced a meteoric ascent in the company, helming Sam’s Club and Walmart International during his rise to the top.
  • McMillon was appointed CEO of Walmart Inc. in 2014.

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Walmart has been a major part of Doug McMillon’s life for years.

Back in high school, the future CEO took on a job unloading trucks at the retail chain. While studying for his MBA years later, McMillon decided to return to Walmart.

He proceeded to rise through the company’s corporate structure and ultimately became the CEO of Walmart Inc. in 2014. His promotion didn’t come as much of a surprise, though. Fortune dubbed him “The Chosen One” in a 2015 profile.

Here’s a look back on the life and career of Walmart CEO Doug McMillon:

1/23

Born in Memphis, McMillon has two younger siblings. He spent his childhood in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but the family moved to Bentonville — the beating heart of Walmart’s operations — when he was 16.

Born in Memphis, McMillon has two younger siblings. He spent his childhood in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but the family moved to Bentonville — the beating heart of Walmart's operations — when he was 16.
Doug McMillon.
Gareth Patterson / AP Images

Source: Associated Press

2/23

Growing up, McMillon attended church and played varsity basketball. McMillon told Fortune that his parents were supportive and encouraged him to develop a competitive streak.

Growing up, McMillon attended church and played varsity basketball. McMillon told Fortune that his parents were supportive and encouraged him to develop a competitive streak.
Doug McMillon.
Danny Johnston / AP Images

Source: Fortune

3/23

McMillon took on his first gig at Walmart in 1984, in order to earn money for college. The high school student was responsible for unloading trucks at one of Walmart’s distribution centers.

McMillon took on his first gig at Walmart in 1984, in order to earn money for college. The high school student was responsible for unloading trucks at one of Walmart's distribution centers.
Doug McMillon.
April L. Brown / AP Images

Source: Fortune, Associated Press

4/23

Fortune reported that the job paid $6.50 an hour. McMillon said he considered working for McDonald’s, but the pay was better at Walmart.

Fortune reported that the job paid $6.50 an hour. McMillon said he considered working for McDonald's, but the pay was better at Walmart.
Doug McMillon.
Gareth Patterson / AP Images

Source: Fortune

5/23

After high school, McMillon attended the University of Arkansas, a school that boasts a particularly strong connection with Walmart.

After high school, McMillon attended the University of Arkansas, a school that boasts a particularly strong connection with Walmart.
Doug McMillon.
Danny Johnston / AP Images

Source: Fortune, Associated Press

6/23

They’ve even got a Sam M. Walton College of Business. But the school’s name was changed to that years after McMillon graduated in 1989.

They've even got a Sam M. Walton College of Business. But the school's name was changed to that years after McMillon graduated in 1989.
Doug McMillon.
Sarah Bentham / AP Images

Source: The University of Arkansas

7/23

McMillon’s thoughts returned to his old employer as he worked to earn his MBA from the University of Tulsa. He told Fortune that he called up a Walmart executive during his second year.

McMillon's thoughts returned to his old employer as he worked to earn his MBA from the University of Tulsa. He told Fortune that he called up a Walmart executive during his second year.
Doug McMillon.
Mark Lennihan / AP Images

Source: Fortune, Associated Press

8/23

That executive was Bill Fields, a high-ranking company leader who had once served as Sam Walton’s assistant. Fields told McMillon to take on a role at a Tulsa Walmart.

That executive was Bill Fields, a high-ranking company leader who had once served as Sam Walton's assistant. Fields told McMillon to take on a role at a Tulsa Walmart.
Doug McMillon.
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