Sam Wankowski

Chief Merchandising Officer

In his current role, Sam is responsible for driving Walmart Canada’s food, general merchandise, health and wellness and apparel businesses, helping customers meet their everyday needs at everyday low prices.

Prior to his current role, Sam served as Chief Operations Officer responsible for the performance of more than 400 stores from coast-to-coast serving more than 1.5 million customers daily.

Sam has been with Walmart for more than 20 years and started his career through the Asda Graduate Program in the UK. He joined the Canadian business in 2008 and then took on an expatriate assignment with Walmart International in 2011 where he led Strategy for the EMEA region. Upon his return to Walmart Canada, Sam assumed leadership of the General Merchandise team before moving into Operations in 2016 to lead the Western division. In 2019, Sam assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Central Operations.

He currently sits on the board of advisors to LIMA Canada, an organization focused on growing the licensing industry in Canada.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Quality Management from the Nottingham Business School.