2017 WalStreet Speaker Series - Walmart Culinary Center and Private Label
Name: 2017 WalStreet Speaker Series - Walmart Culinary Center and Private Label
Date: December 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST
Registration: Register Now
Senior Vice President, Private Brands/Sourcing | General Merchandise at Walmart
Karen joined Wal-Mart in 2004, with 25 years of prior experience in the retailing and manufacturing industries. She serves as Senior Vice President for Private Brands, General Merchandise, Walmart US. In this role, Karen leads teams responsible for delivery of private brand product offerings aligned to the “save money, live better” mission, via EDLC assortments and fast, agile, and responsible supply chains.
Prior to her current position, Karen led Merchandising, Brand, and Product Development disciplines within the Apparel and Home business units.
Karen gained manufacturing and consumer packaged goods experience with Sara Lee Corporation from 1997, and was President of the Casualwear business unit of the Branded Apparel Division before joining Wal-Mart in 2004.
Beginning her career in store operations with the Limited Corporation in 1980, Karen held retail merchandising leadership roles with the Cato Corporation, Montgomery Ward, Target Stores, and Hart, Schaffner & Marx.
Karen is Chair of the Walmart Women’s Officer Caucus and is a member of the Walmart President’s Inclusion Council. Within the industry, Karen chairs the National Network of Executive Women. Active in community efforts, she serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County, and as an Executive Committee board member for Enactus.
Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics at St. Norbert College in DePere, WI. She and her husband Andy are parents to four grown children, and live in Bentonville, AR.
Senior Director for Private Brands, General Merchandise, Walmart US
Karen began her career at Walmart working close to the customer as an assistant store manager. Prior to her current position she has held roles in replenishment, apparel merchandising, and home product development.
Karen is a passionate volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Ozark Affiliate. In 2016 she was awarded the Promise of One national volunteer award for her fundraising efforts for the Race for the Cure.
Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She resides in Rogers, AR and enjoys Beaver Lake, the trails of Northwest Arkansas, Razorback Basketball, and true to her roots, the Green Bay Packers.