Quick facts

  • Full name: Carl Douglas McMillon
  • Age: 47 (Born October 1966)
  • From: Jonesboro, Ark.; moved to Bentonville as a teenager[1]
  • Family: Wife Shelley; two sons. His parents, Morris and Laura, also live in Bentonville. McMillon’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law both work for Walmart; his sister is a Walmart supplier.


On November 25, Walmart announced that its Board of Directors elected McMillon to become the company’s fifth CEO, effective February 1, 2014, the beginning of Walmart’s FY 2015. He also joins the company’s Board of Directors immediately.

In choosing McMillon, the Board opted to elevate a Walmart insider who was essentially groomed for the job with executive experience in all three of the company’s major divisions. Industry observers generally approve of McMillon’s selection, citing factors such as his broad experience in the company and his ability to innovate. Some have even said his “photogenic boyish looks” and charming nature may bolster Walmart’s public image.

McMillon is said to be close to the Walton family and reportedly was their choice for Duke’s successor.



McMillon’s 2013 compensation package was worth $9.56 million. His base salary was $929,748.

McMillon’s most recent Form 4 filing, in August 2013, shows that he directly owns 479,288 Walmart shares, worth $38.8 million based on the 11/29/2013 closing price of $81.01 per share. Through trusts for his wife and children, McMillon has indirect control over 158,263 more shares, worth $12.8 million.

McMillon's houseReal estate

McMillon and his family live in an 8,200 square-foot house in Bentonville. The house, valued at $2.3 million, sits on about 41 acres of land and has a basketball court and a pool. The family also owns 60 acres (valued at $527,300) of land in two adjacent lots, as well as a vacant half-acre lot (valued at $5,000) in a residential neighborhood in Bella Vista.

Educational and professional background


  • Bachelor’s degree, Business Administration, University of Arkansas, 1989
  • MBA, Finance, University of Tulsa, 1991


McMillon famously began working for Walmart as a teenager in 1984, in a distribution center position. In 1990, while he was in business school at the University of Tulsa, he rejoined the company as a buyer trainee in sporting goods.[2] He also worked as a buyer in food, candy, ladies’ wear, and crafts; and was a divisional merchandise manager in home furnishings and infants/toddlers.[3]

Between 1998 and 1999, McMillon was a vice president and general merchandise manager for Sam’s Club stores, after which he was promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Walmart Stores, Inc.[4] In September 2002, McMillon became executive vice president and chief merchant for Sam’s Club. He was named to lead Sam’s Club in August 2005, a position he held until February 2009, when he became President and CEO of Walmart International.

McMillon is on the Board of Directors for Walmart de Mexico and the U.S.-China Business Council, and is on the executive board of the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business. He was co-chair of the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa.

Political contributions

Federal contributions

Date Amount Recipient
6/24/2013 $500 John Boozman (R)
3/14/12 $1,000 Steve Womack (R)
6/16/2011 $1,000 Steve Womack (R)
5/5/2010 $500 John Boozman (R)
4/16/2002 $500 John Thune (R)
5/4/2001 $250 Tim Hutchinson (R)


Arkansas contributions

Date Amount Recipient
9/29/2012 $2,000 Dustin McDaniel (D) – Governor’s race
1/30/2012 $1,000 Tim Summers (R) – state senate
1/8/2010 $2,000 Dustin McDaniel (D) – state AG race
9/8/2000 $100 Max Koonce (R) – state Supreme court
  • Dustin McDaniel ended his campaign for the 2014 governor’s race after disclosure of an extramarital affair.
  • Max Koonce is a Senior Director of Risk Management at Walmart.

In 2008, while he was CEO of Sam’s Club, McMillon spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Annual Meeting.

Community connections

  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Board of Directors
    • The McMillons are also major donors to the museum. In 2011, they contributed $105,000. The amount of their 2012 contribution is not yet available, but they were listed as “Next Generation Fund” sponsors, a designation that requires a minimum $100,000 donation.
  • Enactus (formerly known as SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise): Board of Directors
  • Amazeum: The McMillons are donors to the planned “Amazeum” children’s museum in Bentonville; other notable donors include various Walton family members and Walmart executives
  • Benton County Sunshine School: Former director[5]

McMillon’s wife, Shelley, is on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County and the Board of Directors of the Bentonville Library Foundation.


[1] “A Life-Altering Decision: A Move to Bentonville,” MMR, December 19, 2000.

[2] “A Life-Altering Decision: A Move to Bentonville,” MMR, December 19, 2000.

[3] Fayetteville State University press release, October 3, 2008.

[4] “A Life-Altering Decision: A Move to Bentonville,” MMR, December 19, 2000.

[5] Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, July 9, 2006.