Maxwell Joins Supply Chain Management Research Center as Executive in Residence

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Gary Maxwell

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gary Maxwell, retired senior vice president of Global Business Process Engineering for Walmart International, has joined the Supply Chain Management Research Center in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas as an executive in residence. Maxwell has served on the center’s board of directors and executive committee for several years. 

“We are very pleased to have Gary’s continued participation with the center,” said Jim Crowell, center director. “Gary will be our third executive in residence during the past 12 years, joining Don Bechtel, retired Procter & Gamble supply chain leader, and Wes Kemp, retired president of ABF Freight System Inc. Together, these three industry leaders bring years of expertise and insights that have and will continue to help shape the strategic direction and programs of the center.”

Maxwell joined the center Jan. 1.

While working for Walmart International, Maxwell and his team were responsible for developing engineering solutions to meet business strategies and defining the best way of working globally. Maxwell also led the international supply chain team and helped develop Walmart distribution practices in India, China, Japan and other markets.

Maxwell joined Walmart in 1999. He has held a number of operating roles, including vice president of distribution for Sam’s Club, vice president of warehouse administration and senior vice president of merchandise replenishment.

Prior to joining Walmart, Maxwell worked with The Caldor Corporation for five years as the senior vice president of merchandise distribution and replenishment. Before working for Caldor, he worked for a large U.S. consulting firm specializing in the manufacturing and retail sectors.

Maxwell holds a certification in production and inventory management from the Association for Operations Management and retail supply chain from Retail Industry Leaders Association. In addition to his tenure on the center board, he is a former member of the executive committee of the Voluntary Inter-industry Commerce Solutions.

Maxwell recently launched a new firm, Maxwell Value Chain Inc., to provide replenishment and supply chain services to retail suppliers. He and his wife, Denise, live in Bentonville with their three children.


Jim Crowell, director, Supply Chain Management Research Center
Sam M. Walton College of Business

David Speer, senior director of communications
Sam M. Walton College of Business


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