Mr. William "Bill" S. Simon was president and CEO of Walmart U.S. from 2010 to 2014. When he joined the company in 2006, he led the team that created and launched Walmart’s $4 prescription drug program. In 2007, Mr. Simon was named COO for Walmart U.S. and held that position until he was appointed president and CEO, which he held until his departure in August 2014. As CEO, Mr. Simon was responsible for more than $280 billion in revenue and 1.2 million associates. Additionally, he has been a major driver in the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing. He developed and led Walmart’s initiative to buy $250 billion in U.S.-manufactured products. A passionate supporter of veterans, Mr. Simon was instrumental in the company’s pledge to hire any returning veteran.
Prior to joining Walmart, Mr. Simon held several senior positions: Brinker International, Diageo, Cadbury-Schweppes, PepsiCo, and RJR-Nabisco. He also served in the public sector as secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. Mr. Simon was responsible for the state’s operations and administrative functions, including healthcare benefits, human resources, the Florida retirement system, facilities management, and real estate.
Mr. Simon is currently a senior advisor to the investment firm KKR and serves on the Board of Directors of Darden Restaurants, Inc., and Chico’s FAS. He also is executive in residence and a member of the faculty of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor.
Mr. Simon served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves and attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned a BA in economics and an MBA in management. Mr. Simon and his wife, Tammy, have been married for more than 30 years.