Wal-Mart president must make his mark on PTI

11/25/2013 12:03:00 PM
Tom Karst

Doug serves on the board of directors of the U.S. China Business Council, the executive committee and board of directors for Enactus (formerly known as SIFE), the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and the board for Crystal Bridges, an American art museum. Doug also serves on the board of directors for Wal-Mart Mexico, and he has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

 Originally from Jonesboro, Ark., Doug graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a bachelor of science in business administration. He received his MBA in finance at the University of Tulsa.

 

Check out a Wal-Marst video of McMillon here.

 Another online report calls McMillon “affable” but questions his ability to handle rival executives who wanted the job, and complains of his less than sterling recent results for the global division.

Well, McMillon didn’t rise to his position with simple good natured earnestness. Does he have what it takes to lead Wal-Mart over the long run? That’s unclear at this point.

Perhaps what the produce industry really wants to know about Doug McMillon is what he thinks of the company’s PTI compliance deadline and ongoing food safety and sustainability demands the chain puts on fresh produce suppliers.

 Check out this discussion thread in the Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group by Ian Duffield, vice president of professional services at FoodLink Online:

With the first of the Wal-Mart PTI milestones passing on November 1st, we might have been expecting to hear anecdotes regarding loads being out of spec from Wal-Mart’s distribution centers. We may also have expected to hear about grower shippers getting exemptions for making a “good faith effort’.



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