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Gisel Ruiz (SCU/RMI '92) Executive Vice President International People Division

Walmart U.S.

Gisel Ruiz 210Gisel Ruiz is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. She is responsible for the company's U.S. operations, which include more than 3,800 discount stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Express formats. She was promoted to the role in February 2012.

Previously, Gisel was executive vice president of People for Walmart U.S., with responsibility for human resources and store innovations, supporting more than 1.2 million associates. She helped transform the company's approach to talent management and leveraged technology to drive changes that increased efficiencies and improved the customer and associate experience.

Gisel began her career at Walmart as a store management trainee in 1992. She 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. From 2008 until 2010, Gisel served as senior vice president of Walmart People, leading the human resources organization for more than 3,700 stores across the United States.

Because of her passion for mentoring, Gisel has been recognized for her ability to lead and teach. In 2008, she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Powerful Minority Women in Business by the Minority Enterprise Executive Council. Gisel received the 2008 Walmart Leadership Award and was chosen by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the Top 25 Business Women of 2009. In February 2011, Latina Style honored her as 2010 Latina Executive of the Year.

Gisel has a bachelor's of science in marketing from Santa Clara University, where she also completed the Retail Management Institute program.

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