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The Stillman School of Business hosts Walmart, the M.B.A. Program's "Spotlight Company," for its annual Integrity and Professionalism Convocation. The event will feature guest speakers Lance de la Rosa, senior vice president of merchandise execution, and Derrick Thomas, divisional vice president of supply chain. The two will discuss the future of retail, operations management and supply chain ethics.
The event will place on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in Jubilee Hall Auditorium.
Over the last 50 years Walmart has grown into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, more than 275 million customers and members visit its more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide, and continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.
"It's all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world."
"Our culture of ethics and integrity — the attitudes and conduct that help create an honest, fair and compliant workplace — defines who we are as a company and how we treat each other, our suppliers and our customers."
Lance de la Rosa - Senior Vice President of Merchandise Execution
In this role Lance de la Rosa and his team support the Sam's Club merchandising organization by enabling merchants' decision making through product, people and digital. He joined Sam's Club in 2010 – an American chain of membership-only retail warehouse clubs owned and operated by Walmart Inc. – and has held several positions including divisional manager over the northeast region.
Prior to that, de la Rosa held a variety of roles in Walmart U.S. and Walmart International. He began his career in 1987 as an assistant manager trainee for Walmart and later a store manager in New York. In 1999, he moved to Walmart International and spent two years in Germany as a district manager advisor. In 2001, he returned to Walmart U.S. and became divisional manager for the optical division. In 2005, de la Rosa was promoted to regional general manager.
Derrick Thomas – Divisional Vice President of Supply Chain
Derrick Thomas is responsible for Supply Chain Grocery operations in Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, New York, Kentucky, Ohio, Maine and Virginia. He joined Walmart in 2000 as a regional personnel manager for the Private Fleet in Bentonville Arkansas. In 2001, he was promoted to regional operations manager supporting the Logistics Southeast Region.
Thomas was promoted to regional transportation manager in 2005 and then to divisional vice president, Logistics Great Lakes Division, in 2012. He held the position of vice president of supply chain @ Yihaodian China with Walmart Global eCommerce in 2015. In this position he was responsible for all ecommerce operational functions in China including outbound transportation, distribution, customer service, strategy and systems.
As speakers at the Stillman School's Integrity and Professionalism Convocation, de la Rosa and Thomas join an impressive list of business, cultural and political leaders including Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison; Stryker CFO Glenn Boehnlein; PepsiCo's Multicultural Marketer Javier Farfan; Retro Fitness CEO Eric Casaburi; Xerox CEO Ursula Burns; Nobel Laureate John Nash; TV personality Tim Gunn; author and entrepreneur Mary Higgins Clark; former Governor Christopher Christie, J.D. '87; and Senator Cory Booker – just to name a few.