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Nabeela Ixtabalan

Chief Operations Officer

In her current role, Nabeela is responsible for the operations and performance of more than 400 stores from coast-to-coast serving more than 1.5 million customers daily.

Nabeela joined Walmart in 2020 as Executive Vice President, People and Corporate Affairs, leading one of Canada's largest employers with more than 100,000 associates with a focus on well-being, diversity and inclusion, building capabilities for the future, and becoming a regenerative company.

She was recently recognized as one of The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business’ 2022 Top Executives.

Her career includes nearly 20 years of leadership and business development experience with three of the world’s most recognized brands - Walmart, IKEA and Starbucks Coffee in the US, Canada and Europe.

Nabeela was previously Head of Digital Transformation at Ingka, leading IKEA’s digital and retail transformation globally across 41 countries.

Nabeela is especially passionate about enterprise wide transformations, the future of work, change management, diversity and inclusion and organizational design. In 2017, she was appointed to the TaskRabbit Board of Directors, a leading gig economy platform that has revolutionized digital two-sided marketplaces. In 2019, she joined the Future Skills Centre of Canada as a Board Advisor, a pan-Canadian effort focused on skills development and employment training to help Canadians transition in the changing economy. Nabeela also serves as a board member for the Miracle Foundation a US and India based organization which has the bold ambition to end the suffering of orphaned children and find a loving home for every single orphaned child in the world.

Nabeela graduated with a dual degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management and Distribution from Indiana University and holds a master’s in Industrial and Organizational Behaviour and Design from the University of Texas. She is a certified executive coach through the International Coaching Federation and a six-sigma green belt.