Kerry Kotouc is senior vice president of asset protection and compliance and general counsel for Sam’s Club. In this role, she oversees the asset protection and compliance responsibilities and legal department of Sam's Club business, a members-only warehouse club division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., with revenues of $58 billion for fiscal year 2015, 110,000 associates and nearly 600 clubs.
As the leader of Sam's Club legal team, Kotouc ensures the company’s compliance with the laws and regulations in the states and countries it operates, forecasts possible risks and works ahead of them to ensure the company’s readiness.
Prior to her role at Sam’s Club, Kotouc was senior vice president and general counsel of legal administration for Walmart where she was responsible for leading all broad, strategic department programs and initiatives and overseeing the areas in legal that support Walmart’s corporate functions. This role was critical to the legal team’s continued success in areas such as diversity and inclusion, talent development and strategies that affect the overall department. Kotouc joined the legal department in 2004 in the litigation section managing tort litigation.
Before joining Walmart, Kotouc practiced law in Bentonville, Ark., as a county prosecutor. Kotouc handled major narcotics cases and assisted the local drug task force. She tried numerous criminal cases, including capital murder trials.
Kotouc earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri at Kansas City's School of Law.