Carolyn Walton joined Wal-Mart in 2004 and currently serves as Vice President, Information Systems. Her responsibilities include developing strategic partnerships with leaders in government, industry and academia, focusing on the development of solutions for global initiatives such as healthcare and sustainability. She has overall leadership in a number of broad areas that include the development of standards for health information technology as well as the development of global standards and fostering collaboration with a number of partners in Wal-Mart's pace-setting initiatives with electronic product codes and radio frequency identification. Carolyn is a member of the Board of Governors for EPCglobal, the non-profit international standards organization. She actively participates in their efforts to facilitate adoption of electronic product codes.
Prior to coming to Wal-Mart, Carolyn was Chief Information Officer for a large electric, gas, and telecommunications company. She also served in Governor Huckabee's Cabinet as Executive CIO for the State of Arkansas. She is an information technology executive with corporate, entrepreneurial, and intrapreneurial experience in creating business value through the use of technology. Carolyn is a nationally recognized thought leader in the information technology industry. InformationWeek identified her as one of 15 national "innovators and influencers" to watch. She speaks in a number of venues, offering her insight and lessons learned in finding the right places to use technology to solve business problems.
Carolyn is an honors graduate from Vanderbilt University and has completed executive education courses at Wharton.