Brewer, 49, will replace Brian Cornell on Feb. 1,
2012, at the start of the company's fiscal year, Walmart said. She most
recently ran the retailer’s U.S. operations on the East Coast.
Walmart also promoted two other women, naming Gisel Ruiz to the
role of Walmart U.S. chief operating officer and Karenann Terrell to chief information
In her most recent role as president of the Walmart U.S. East
business unit, Brewer was responsible for more than $100 billion in annual
revenue, representing almost 1,600 stores and more than 500,000 employees.
Brewer joined Walmart in 2006 as a regional vice president after
spending years at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. She was selected as one of the
most powerful women in business by Fortune magazine in 2010 and 2011 and sits
on the board of Lockheed Martin. She was the first chair of the Walmart
President's Council of Global Women Leaders.
Club operates 610 stores; it had $49 billion in fiscal 2011 sales.