John Aden has served in senior leadership roles for several large companies: He spent a decade working in consumer products for Frito-Lay; he served for seven years as the President of Mac Tools; and he served in a number of executive leadership roles at Walmart until his retirement in January of 2015. Today, John is a consultant for Private Equity companies, is Chairman of Twelve Stones, LLC, a team building a sustainable and conservation-minded beef cattle business, and also serves on the board of the CEO Forum.
John worked in both the International and the Domestic business units of Walmart. In his last position, John served Walmart U.S. as the Executive Vice President, Sales Innovation, where his team focused on driving growth with disruptive product offerings and innovative solutions. He also served as Executive Vice President of Merchandise Services – including replenishment, merchandise execution, small formats and supplier development. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of General Merchandise, where he led a strong team of merchants focused on electronics, entertainment, toys, seasonal and hardlines categories. In 2010, John was Senior Vice President of Hardlines Merchandising, where his team drove significant growth by re-establishing the authority of key categories, focusing on assortment, in-store merchandising and supplier collaboration.
Since joining Walmart in 2007, John also served as Senior Vice President of International Operations and Senior Vice President of Global Leverage for Walmart International. In his operations role, he played a key role in Walmart’s international expansion by serving on the Board of Directors for the company’s Joint Venture in India and by leading Walmart’s initial efforts to expand into Africa. In all of his leadership assignments, John served as an innovative and inspiring leader who strengthened internal teams, worked closely with suppliers to accelerate growth and created energy around big events.
John has been married to the beautiful and amazing Kristal for over 20 years. They have two children – Julia and Joey. He is a novice photographer, a lover of the outdoors, a huge baseball fan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington.