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kathleen mclaughlin

Kathleen McLaughlin

SVP and President of Walmart Foundation and Chief Sustainability Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, INC

Kathleen is responsible for programs that help Walmart create economic opportunity through jobs and sourcing; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel, and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Through business initiatives and philanthropy, her teams work with Walmart associates, suppliers, non-profit organizations, and others to drive significant and lasting improvements to economic, social and environmental systems. Last year, the company awarded more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind donations, including $1 billion of food donations. 

Kathleen serves on the board of the Council on Foundations, and is a member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Board. Before joining Walmart in 2013, she spent over 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University in Electrical Engineering, as well as Master of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol College at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She also has a diploma in Theology from Oxford. She is married with three children and divides her time between Bentonville, Arkansas, and Toronto, Ontario.