Matt has been in a leadership position for the company’s sustainability initiatives since 2005, serving as Captain of the Packaging Sustainable Value Network and driving sustainable product innovation and new business development initiatives. As Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Matt leads the office responsible for Wal-Mart’s environmental sustainability strategy worldwide. This includes integrating sustainability into business unit strategy and encouraging the company’s 1.8 million associates to participate personally and incorporate sustainability into their programs.
As the Captain of the Packaging Sustainable Value Network, Matt helped develop initiatives to reduce packaging in Wal-Mart’s supply chain by five percent to be accomplished by 2013. Several initiatives undertaken by the Network during Matt’s leadership included reducing packaging in private label products, encouraging suppliers to find environmentally friendly solutions to their packaging, and working with the packaging team to launch the packaging scorecard which scores suppliers on the sustainability of their packaging.
Matt joined Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in November of 2003 as the Director of Private Brands for SAM’S CLUB. In 2004, he became a corporate officer as the Vice President of Product Development, Private Brands, Packaging and Quality Testing. Matt was appointed Vice President of Product and Packaging Innovation for SAM’S CLUB in 2006. In 2007, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, Research and Insights for SAM’S CLUB and in October of 2007 he was named Senior Vice President, Sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Matt held management positions with General Foods, Oscar Mayer and Kraft Foods.
Matt has a B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI., and a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.