Kathryn McLay is president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a members-only warehouse club. A division of Walmart Inc., Sam’s Club had revenues of $57 billion for fiscal year 2019, 100,000 associates and almost 600 clubs.
Kathryn joined Walmart in 2015 as the Vice President of U.S. Finance and Strategy, where she led the Legacy strategy – a set of initiatives identified by Walmart U.S. as critical to transforming the U.S. business. She was then promoted to senior vice president of supply chain, where she had oversight of U.S. flow. In this role, Kathryn led the organization to develop an integrated end-to-end Walmart U.S. supply chain. In addition to her strategic role, Kathryn led the Import and Reverse Supply Chain teams, where she was responsible for ensuring product flows throughout international and domestic distribution channels to and from stores at the right time and with the highest quality.She was promoted in 2018 to executive vice president of Neighborhood Markets - Walmart U.S., where she led the growth and overall operations of nearly 700 Neighborhood Markets across the U.S.
Kathryn commenced her career in 1992 at Deloitte as an undergraduate cadet while she finished her business degree and her postgraduate studies in psychology. After seven years in both external and internal audit, she moved to Qantas where she was promoted to Internal Audit Manager. In 2001, Kathryn joined Australian retailer Woolworths as the Corporate Audit Manager and completed her professional studies as a Certified Internal Auditor.
In 2004, Kathryn was appointed Head of Audit reporting to the CEO and the Audit Committee Chair. In 2007, she was selected as the General Manager for Business Development and subsequently held executive leadership roles throughout Woolworths’ retail and supply chain, including the General Manager for Cost, Northern Logistics Operations Manager for warehousing and transportation, and General Manager of Replenishment.
She also played an active role within the professional auditing and retailing communities. In 2004, she joined the Board of the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Director. She was later appointed as President and Chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditors in 2007. In 2012, Kathryn was also appointed to the Board of ECRA, an industry board comprised of Retailers and Suppliers.
Kathryn and her family moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, from Australia in April 2015 when she joined Walmart U.S.