David Cheesewright (born 1963) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart International, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT). Cheesewright succeeded Doug McMillon on December 10, 2013 and assumed the role on February 1, 2014.
Walmart’s International division generates nearly 30% of the company’s revenue, serving more than 109 million customers every week in more than 6,200 retail units under 69 banners in 26 countries outside the U.S.
He has more than 25 years of manufacturing and international retail experience. For 12 years prior to joining Walmart, he held a range of key positions with Mars Confectionery in the UK, in sales, marketing, supply chain and manufacturing.
Cheesewright joined Walmart in 1999 and held senior leadership positions with Asda Stores, Ltd. in the United Kingdom. From 1999 to 2008, Cheesewright held various leadership positions in operations, merchandising, logistics, strategy and format development at Asda, a UK supermarket acquired by Walmart in 1999 with over 175,000 associates and 573 locations.
In 2008, he was promoted to CEO of Walmart Canada and held that role until 2011. He drove the company’s eCommerce business while introducing Walmart’s supercenter format to the Canadian market. Previously, he served as COO of Walmart Canada from 2004-2005.
From 2011 to 2013, Cheesewright held the role of President and CEO for Walmart’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Canada region. During his tenure, Cheesewright oversaw the integration of acquisitions on three continents. Cheesewright was responsible for the integration of sub-Saharan Africa retailer Massmart Holdings Ltd., the integration of stores purchased from Zellers in Canada and continued the rollout of the supercenter format in Canada. He also oversaw Asda’s integration of Netto stores in the United Kingdom and helped drive the development of Asda’s online grocery service.1999 – Various leadership positions at Asda in the United Kingdom; Chief Operation Officer
2004-2005 – COO of Walmart Canada
2005-2008 – COO of Asda
2008-2011 – CEO of Walmart Canada
2011-2013 – CEO of Walmart’s EMEA and Canada region
2013 – President and CEO of Walmart International
Cheesewright is a member of the Board of Directors of Yihaodian, Massmart, Queen's School of Business. Previously he was Chairman of the Board of Gazeley Holdings and of Walmart Canada Bank. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Walmex, IGD, ECR Europe and The Retail Council of Canada, Canada’s largest retail-industry association.
Cheesewright holds a first-class honours degree in Sports Science and Mathematics from Loughborough University, UK.