WASHINGTON — Lee Scott, former president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and current chairman of the Wal-Mart Executive Committee, has been named as the featured retail speaker for the 2011 American Bakers Association Convention set for March 26-30 in San Antonio.
“Convention attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from the global retail leader, whose actions on food retailing, sustainability and nutrition impact customers, competitors and bakers alike,” said Robb MacKie, president and c.e.o. of the A.B.A. “We are thrilled to have a leader of such caliber participating in our event. His sharing of his experiences and strategies developed over a 30-plus year leader at Wal-Mart will be invaluable to the baking industry’s leaders gathered at this important industry event.”
During Mr. Scott’s tenure as Wal-Mart’s president and c.e.o., the company emerged as the world’s largest retailer with more than 2 million associates, serving customers and members more than 200 million times per week. Additionally, Wal-Mart significantly expanded its focus on food sales, including baked goods.
“The baking industry will have a unique opportunity to hear directly from one of only four individuals to serve as head of Wal-Mart,” Mr. MacKie said. “We are looking forward to learning more about the strategy behind Wal-Mart’s dramatic growth and emergence as not only a food retail leader but a leader on corporate responsibility for the environment.”
The theme of this year’s A.B.A. meeting is “Enriching Bodies and Lives,” and will bring together hundreds of leaders from America’s baking businesses and their suppliers for five days of networking, idea exchange, and working sessions. Registration is open through Feb. 25 and is open to both members and prospective members. More information may be found at www.americanbakers.org.