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Walmart names pharmacy merchandising exec
June 20th, 2014
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Mark Phillips has been appointed vice president of pharmaceutical merchandising for Walmart U.S.
He most recently served as senior director of merchandising for small formats and helped turn that area into a key growth vehicle for the company.
“Mark has a successful history as a buyer for multiple departments within Walmart U.S. and Walmart International,” says Labeed Diab, senior vice president and president of Walmart’s health and wellness business.
“We will take the opportunity to utilize Mark’s experience and talents to grow our pharmaceutical business and help our customers save money and live better.”
Phillips, who as head of the company’s pharmacy merchandising team reports directly to Diab, joined the discounter here in 1990 as an hourly associate with the accounts payable team at Sam’s Club.
He attended the University of Arkansas, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
After graduation, Phillips worked in Walmart U.S. store operations as an assistant manager in Joplin, Mo., and Garden City, Kan., before later becoming a buyer in the Supercenter food division.