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Leadership Today: Staying Ahead of the Curve in Today’s Hyper Changing World
As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart is at the forefront of the constant transformation shaping the global retail climate as consumer needs continue to grow and evolve. Within this context Walmart Canada is marking its 20th anniversary in Canada this year, a timeframe characterized by two decades of unprecedented growth, evolution, reinvention, and a host of learnings.
As the President and CEO of Walmart’s operations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada, Shelley Broader leads more than 1,300 retail units and 285,000 employees. Throughout a career spanning 25 years of international leadership and broad life experiences, Shelley has distinguished herself with a new generation brand of management.
Speaking to The Empire Club of Canada on November 17, Shelley will address the topic of leadership in today’s hyper changing corporate world, from leveraging groundbreaking inclusiveness and diversity as a competitive edge, to building world class management teams that are creative, flexible and innovative, to reinforcing and staying true to your culture and roots while building your own personal brand, to driving social leadership from your own unique sphere of influence.
Shelley Broader was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart’s EMEA region in June, 2014. She has responsibility for Walmart’s retail operations and business development across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada, and leads 1,345 retail units and more than 285,000 associates.
Previously Shelley was President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Canada, Chief Merchandising Officer for Walmart Canada, and Senior Vice President with Sam’s Club, Walmart’s membership warehouse format in the U.S.
Shelley joined Walmart in 2010 following more than 20 years of leadership experience across the North American retail industry. Prior to Walmart, Shelley was President and Chief Operating Officer of Michael’s, the world’s largest retailer of arts and crafts and was responsible for the chain’s 1,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.
Before joining Michael’s, Shelley enjoyed a 17 year career with Belgium based Delhaize Group where, under the Hannaford banner, she held a broad range of leadership roles across the company’s operations, merchandising, distribution, strategy and marketing divisions. She was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s Kash n’ Karry chain, and then to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sweetbay Supermarkets division.
Shelley began her career in the investment banking sector advising clients in the U.S. supermarket industry. She has a lengthy track record of public speaking and community engagement. Shelley is a Member of the Board of Directors of Raymond James Financial, Inc., The Retail Council of Canada, and Catalyst Canada.