Tom Grimm, president and CEO of SAM'S Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (NYSE: WMT), announced the following senior management promotions effective Friday, December 1, 2000:

  •  Jim Haworth has been promoted to executive vice president, operations, SAM'S Club Division. He most recently served as senior vice president, operations, for SAM'S Club, leading the operations of the more than 470 domestic clubs. Haworth began his career at Wal-Mart as an assistant manager in 1980.
  •  Phil Sutterfield has been promoted to executive vice president, merchandising, SAM'S Club Division. He most recently served as senior vice president, merchandising, for SAM'S Club. Sutterfield began his retail career in 1962 and joined SAM'S Club in 1999 leading the merchandise division.
  • Celia Swanson has been promoted to executive vice president, membership, marketing and administration, SAM'S Club Division. Swanson most recently served as senior vice president, membership, marketing and administration for SAM'S Club. Swanson joined SAM'S Club in 1994 as the senior director of the People Group.

"The strength of SAM'S Club is our people, and it's always a pleasure to recognise outstanding talent that has grown and developed with the business," said Tom Grimm, president and CEO, SAM'S Club. "Jim, Phil, and Celia have pulled together extraordinary teams which have helped make SAM'S Club the leading membership warehouse club in the industry.

"The excellent leadership they provide our associates and the synergies they have created enable us to continue taking care of our members and to provide them exciting shopping experiences," Grimm added. "We are glad to have them on our team and congratulate them on their promotions and jobs well done."

SAM'S Club, with 1999 sales of more than $24bn, is the largest membership warehouse club in the United States with more than 470 clubs and more than 40 million cardholders. SAM'S Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, the world's largest retailer with 1999 sales of more than $165 billion. The SAM'S Club website can be accessed at http://www.samsclub.com.