- 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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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:
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.
Source: Associated Press
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.
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.
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.
After high school, McMillon attended the University of Arkansas, a school that boasts a particularly strong connection with Walmart.
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.
Source: The University of Arkansas
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.