William S. Simon is president and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart U.S. He is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of Walmart’s U.S. business, leading 1.3 million associates and about 3,900 stores. Bill and his team are focused on executing Walmart’s core business model – lowering costs in order to offer customers lower prices – and fulfilling the company’s mission of saving people money so they can live better.
Walmart U.S. serves more than 140 million customers each week and had revenues of $264 billion in Fiscal Year 2012.
From 2007 to 2010, Bill was the chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. where he worked to drive innovation and improvement throughout the business. He previously served as executive vice president of professional services and new business development, and he led the team that created and launched Walmart’s $4 prescription drug program.
Bill joined Walmart in March 2006 from Brinker International, where he was senior vice president of global business development and was responsible for the growth of the company’s restaurant portfolio outside the United States.
Prior to Brinker, Bill served as secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services, appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush. Bill was responsible for the state’s operations and administrative functions, including health care benefits, human resources, the Florida retirement system, facilities management and real estate.
Bill also was president of Diageo Southeast and president of North America Ready to Drink. He held senior sales and marketing roles with Cadbury-Schweppes, PepsiCo and RJR-Nabisco.
He serves on the boards of Darden Restaurants, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
Bill served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and an MBA in management.