Don Frieson joined the Sam’s Club team in November 2012 as the SVP for Replenishment and Planning. As part of Walmart International he most recently served as Chief Integration Officer for Massmart Holdings, a chain of over 300 stores operating in 13 Sub Saharan African nations. His responsibilities included supply chain, merchandising, global sourcing and total integration responsibilities into the Walmart business.
Don’s career spans both logistics and operations with growing levels of responsibility across industries. Prior to the Massmart integration, Don was the Senior Vice President for Supply Chain at Walmart Stores, Inc. In this role, Don supported more than 30 Walmart Distribution Centers that supply merchandise to almost 1600 Walmart stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets in the Eastern United States and Puerto Rico. Prior to this role, Don was President of the Central Division- Operations for Walmart Stores with annual revenues of $40B.
Don joined the Walmart family in 1999 as a district manager for the private fleet. He quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Director of Private Fleet Administration and then to the Director of Private Fleet Operations. In 2001, he was promoted to Vice President of Private Fleet Operations, where he managed one of the largest truck fleets in corporate America and supported more than 7000 drivers, mechanics and office associates. Don transitioned to support distribution operations as Regional Vice President of Logistics. In 2005 Don was promoted to Vice President, Regional General Manager for Store operations supporting stores in the states of Maryland, Delaware, Southern New Jersey and Metro Philadelphia.
Prior to joining Walmart, Don worked with Schneider National Carriers, where he spent twelve years developing expertise in the trucking industry by working in various positions including service team leader, operations manager and operating center manager.
Don received a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from the University of Tennessee as well as completing the Global 20/20 Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.
Don is a member of the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Advisory Board at the University of Tennessee and a member of the Board of Regents for Morgan State University and the Morgan State University Foundation board located in Baltimore, Maryland.