On Sam and Store Visits

David Glass

President and CEO, Retired


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When Sam Walton started building discount stores in rural areas, David Glass expected him to fail. Nevertheless, the two became friends and worked together on real estate and development projects, though Glass declined to go to work for Walmart. In 1976, in response to Walmart’s success with those rural stores, Glass joined the company as EVP of Finance and CFO. During his tenure, he improved the efficiency of logistics and distribution, helped update Walmart’s technology, and contributed to the early development of Sam’s Club. He also served as Vice Chairman and President and COO before becoming the President and CEO, the position from which he retired in 2000.