Bio – Sam Wankowski

Sam Wankowski, SVP – Hardlines, Seasonal, Electronics & Entertainment, Walmart Canada Corp.

 Walmart Experience

2014 – present


Sr. Vice President of Hardlines, Seasonal Entertainment and Electronics Responsible for integrating and leading the portfolio, creating a differentiated proposition
2013 – 2014 Vice President of Hardlines and Seasonal Responsible for redefining and executing the Hardlines and Seasonal strategy
2012 – 2013 Sr. Director of Regional Operations, EMEA Responsible for the creation of Regional Strategy: Real Estate development, M&A, Regional leverage and Corporate Finance
2009 – 2012 Director of Merchandising, Sporting Goods Responsible for driving portfolio strategy and delivering P&L accountabilities
2008 – 2009 Director of Merchandising (in training), Toys Responsible for driving portfolio strategy and delivering P&L accountabilities


2006 – 2008 Project Manager to the COO  
2005 – 2006 Pricing and Promotional Strategy Manager  
2004 – 2005 GM Marketing Manager  
2003 – 2004 Associate Buyer (Frozen Food)  



Sam is a highly driven and tenacious leader with a proven track record for delivering results. Experience in strategic, customer facing and operational roles with a natural ability to interact with and influence a senior team. Strives through driving change, implementation and taking others with them.

In his current role leading the Hardlines, Seasonal, Entertainment and Electronics team, Sam is responsible for building a world class team whilst redefining the strategy for the division with a clear focus on step changing our proposition to ensure we can deliver sustainable customer value.

Sam has been with Walmart for over 11 years now in a multitude of roles across different facets of the business. Joining Asda in 2003 on their graduate scheme, he worked across primarily Merchandising and Marketing facing roles before joining Walmart Canada in 2008. Sam worked in two Hardlines portfolios (Toys and Sporting Goods) before joining Walmart International in the newly formed EMEA Regional Team. There he defined the way of working for the region, including defining and implementing the model for Merchandising leverage. More recently he returned to Merchandising, implementing a transformational strategy in Hardlines before taking on his most recent challenge, expanding his portfolio to include Electronics, Entertainment and GM Merchandise Planning.

Sam has a Bachelor of Honours in Business and Quality Management from The Nottingham Business School.