William S. Simon

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William S. Simon (born 1960) was President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart U.S. and Executive Vice-President of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. from June 29, 2010 to August 8, 2014.

Before joining Walmart in 2006, he was at Brinker International and at the Florida state Department of Management services. He spent 25 years in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve.

William "Bill" Simon currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Baylor University and is a member of the Baylor Board of Regents.

He also currently serves on the board of directors for Darden Restaurants.

Simon received his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

As it grappled with sluggish store sales, Walmart said July 24, 2014 that Simon was stepping down and was being replaced by the head of the company's Asia operations, Gregory Foran.

In November 2015, over Fayetteville, Arkansas, Simon floated to safety after he deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System on his Cirrus SR22 aircraft, which was experiencing engine trouble.[1]


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