Chief Merchandising Officer
Steve Bratspies is Chief Merchandising Officer for Walmart U.S. Prior to his current position, Steve held a variety of merchandise roles, most recently overseeing Walmart’s food business, including responsibility for private brands and global food sourcing. He also has held merchandising roles responsible for the dry grocery and general merchandise businesses. With a strong focus of local assortment, innovation, price leadership, new events and promotions, he received the Merchandise Excellence Business Unit Leader of the Year award for dry grocery in 2011.
Steve joined the company in 2005 as vice president of category marketing and was promoted to senior vice president of marketing in 2007. In this role, he was responsible for all marketing activities for each merchandise category, the Walmart brand, seasonal events, multicultural and media.
Prior to joining Walmart, Steve served as chief marketing officer for Specialty Brands, worked in strategic planning and marketing for Frito-Lay and began his career in marketing strategy with five years in management consulting at Andersen Consulting and A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the Food Marketing Institute and the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. He also serves as the executive sponsor for the Associates for Disability Awareness & Education resource group at Walmart and on the honorary advisory board for the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels.