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Texas A&M University
Center for Retailing Studies to Honor "Visionary Merchant"
News Release
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M University’s Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School will present the 2011 Visionary Merchant Award to Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on Wednesday (April 6). The center also will host the M.B. Zale Visionary Merchant Lecture Series featuring Castro-Wright as the keynote speaker.

Prior to his lecture, Castro-Wright will be presented the award for his leadership role in the discount retailer’s success. He will speak on Walmart’s global ecommerce strategy, transformation of stores, improvements in customer experience and recommendations for students aspiring for careers in business.

Castro-Wright joined Walmart in 2001 to lead the company’s store operation in Mexico. He was subsequently promoted to president and CEO of Walmart U.S.

Today, he is vice chairman for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

The award presentation and lecture are open to the public and will be held in Ray Auditorium (113 Wehner) at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Visionary Merchant Lecture concludes an invitation-only conference for retail executives, the center’s annual Sponsor Forum. Speakers for the one-day event include Mays faculty members who will address topics critical to business leaders, including trends in leadership and healthcare, employee engagement and customer buying behavior.

“We are pleased to welcome our many partner companies to campus for the Sponsor Forum and Zale Lecture Series. This year’s events showcase the expertise of our faculty and the success of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer.” says Cheryl Holland Bridges, director of the Center for Retailing Studies. More than 450 students, faculty and guests are expected to attend the lecture series.

For more information about these events or the Center for Retailing Studies, see or contact Kelli Hollinger at

About the award recipient, Eduardo Castro-Wright

Eduardo Castro-Wright is the vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart). He was appointed president and CEO of Global eCommerce and Global Sourcing in June 2010. In this role, he leads Walmart’s global ecommerce and multi-channel retailing business and oversees the company’s global sourcing group.

Prior to his current role, Castro-Wright was president and CEO of Walmart U.S. He is credited with having successfully changed many of the ways Walmart serves its customers in the United States and with positioning the company well for the future.

Castro-Wright brings a wealth of experience to Walmart. He joined the company in 2001 and worked in Mexico through 2005, first as president and later as chief executive officer of Walmart de México (Walmex). He joined the Walmart U.S. team as chief operating officer in early 2005 and was promoted to president and CEO of Walmart U.S. later that same year. Castro-Wright was promoted to vice chairman of Walmart in November 2008.

Prior to joining Walmex, Castro-Wright worked for Honeywell International, Inc., where he held the positions of president and chief executive officer for Honeywell Transportation and Power Systems Worldwide, and before that, president of Honeywell Asia Pacific. Prior to Honeywell, he worked for Nabisco, Inc. in a variety of positions, including area president for Asia Pacific, based in Asia; president and chief executive officer, Nabisco Mexico; and president and chief executive officer, Nabisco Venezuela. He also held various general management positions for Nabisco in several Latin American countries.

Castro-Wright serves on the board of directors of MetLife Inc. and CARE USA.

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