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