For 20 years, Cameron Smith has enticed Walmart’s suppliers to locate offices in the retailer’s backyard, building a lucrative career for himself and helping drive Northwest Arkansas’ economic boom.
A quick scan of boards for trucking companies based in Arkansas reveals, as one might expect, a heavy dose of white males. Changing that, executives said, is not just a matter of political correctness but also sound business.
Susan Chambers, a retired executive with Wal-Mart Stores, has been named to the Board at Van Buren-based USA Truck.
Experts describe the battleground for employees to work for and service the world’s largest retailer.
Diversity on corporate boards has been an issue for years. Most companies recognize that having directors from varied backgrounds isn’t simply a theoretical matter of equity; it’s a matter of performance.