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Leaders on Leadership: A Conversation with Mike Duke, Retired President & CEO of Walmart

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Thursday, March 14



Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

800 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Room 314


PLEASE NOTE: Registration is CLOSED.  


Mike Duke

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

                                                               Michael T. Duke is the retired president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  During his tenure as CEO, Mike helped Walmart navigate a period of economic, social and technological change while delivering strong financial results. He put in place the building blocks for the company’s future by making critical investments in technology and talent, including a strong management team. He also broadened Walmart’s commitment to lead on some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. Mike has long been a champion for diversity and was especially engaged in the advancement of women, both inside and outside the company.

 Mike joined Walmart in 1995, and over his time with the company led the logistics, distribution and administration divisions as well as Walmart U.S. In 2005, he was appointed to vice chairman with responsibility for Walmart International.

 Prior to joining Walmart, Mike had 23 years of experience in retailing with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores.

 Mike served on the Board of Directors of Walmart Stores, Inc, from 2008-2016. He has previously served on the board of directors of The Consumer Goods Forum, the executive committee of Business Roundtable, the board of advisors of the University of Arkansas, and the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

 Mike currently serves as an Adjunct Professor and is on the Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees. He is on the Board of Directors of Chick-Fil-A, and the Board of Directors of Bible Study Fellowship International. Mike also serves as an Operations Executive with the Carlyle Group.

 Mike graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and a son.

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Doctorate from Georgia Tech
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arkansas
  • Named to National Academy of Engineering
  • Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame
  • Committee Encouraging Philanthropy (CECP) – Force for Good Award
  • Salute from the Chief of Staff of the Army – Outstanding Civilian Service Award
  • Executives’ Club of Chicago – International Executive of the Year Award
  • Grocery Manufacturers Association – Hall of Achievement Award
  • Committee for Economic Development (CED) – Global Leadership Award
  • Economic Arkansas – Excellence in Free Enterprise Award