‘Being a high-performing retail leader today is harder than ever’

Retail Week Awards Judith McKenna

The role of retail chief executive is not for the faint-hearted, but former Walmart International boss Judith McKenna embodies some of the best leadership characteristics, believes Spencer Stuart’s Sally Elliott

I’ve been thinking ahead to April’s World Retail Congress in Paris where I will have the privilege of interviewing Judith McKenna, who recently stepped down from Walmart after 27 years with the company.

In her last role there, Judith was president and chief executive of Walmart International, where she led all of the retailer’s operations outside the US, including more than half a million associates in 18 countries.


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