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Sam's Club ceo exits, other execs promoted

Bentonville, Ark. - Sam's Club president and ceo Brian Cornell has informed Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that he and his wife plan to move back to the Northeast for family reasons. With his departure, Rosalind (Roz) Brewer is being promoted into the position, effective Feb. 1.

Brewer was most recently president of the Walmart U.S. east business unit, where she was responsible for more than $100 billion in annual revenue, representing almost 1,600 stores and more than 500,000 associates. Brewer was also the first chairperson of the Walmart President's Council of Global Women Leaders.

Rollin Ford is being promoted to chief administrative officer for the company, overseeing information systems division as well as global sourcing, business processes, shared services and customer insights. Ford was most recently the company's chief information officer, and will continue reporting to corporation president and ceo Mike Duke.

Ford joined Walmart in 1983 as an hourly associate in the logistics network and has held many positions over the years.

Additionally, Gisel Ruiz is being promoted to executive vp and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S.

Ruiz was most recently executive vice president of People for Walmart U.S., the human resources department. She began her career at Walmart U.S. as a store management trainee in 1992 and has held a variety of leadership positions in store operations, labor relations and human resources. In 2006, she became vice president, regional general manager in the field operations division, and was responsible for 150 Walmart stores in western Texas and New Mexico. In February 2011, Latina Style honored Ruiz as its 2010 Latina Executive of the Year.

Finally, Karenann Terrell is being promoted to chief information officer for the company. She was most recently Walmart's assistant chief information officer and will continue reporting to Ford.

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