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Former Walmart exec joins supply chain group

Gary Maxwell has joined the Supply Chain Management Research Center as an executive in residence.

Maxwell retired from Walmart last year after serving as SVP of the global business process team. He held a variety of senior supply chain and logistics roles at Walmart after joining the company in 1999 from the now defunct regional discount chain Caldor. Since his retirement, Maxwell launched Maxwell Value Chain, to provide replenishment and supply chain services to retail suppliers.

“We are very pleased to have Gary’s continued participation with the center,” said Jim Crowell, center director, noting that Maxwell has served on the center’s board and executive committee for several years. The research center, which goes by the acronym SCMRC, is part of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the Unversity of Arkansas. “Gary will be our third executive in residence during the past 12 years, joining Don Bechtel, retired Procter & Gamble supply chain leader, and Wes Kemp, retired president of ABF Freight System Inc. Together, these three industry leaders bring years of expertise and insights that have and will continue to help shape the strategic direction and programs of the center.”

While working for Walmart International, Maxwell and his team were responsible for developing engineering solutions to meet business strategies and defining the best way of working globally. Maxwell also led the international supply chain team and helped develop Walmart distribution practices in India, China, Japan and other markets.