Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart India (Retired)
Mike Cockrell is a 31-year veteran of Wal-Mart. He joined the company as an Assistant Manager in 1980 and moved to the Wal-Mart Home Office in 1984. Cockrell has held a number of senior positions in the company including Senior Buyer and Vice President Divisional Merchandise Manager.
In 1993 Cockrell returned to operations, serving as Regional Vice President until 1997 when he was promoted to Vice President of Marketing. In 2004, Cockrell joined the International Division as Global Vice President of Marketing. His responsibilities included guiding and influencing brand positioning, marketing, private brands and advertising in the company’s thirteen international markets. Cockrell joined Wal-Mart India in 2007 as Chief Merchandising Officer.
He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Monticello, Arkansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing.