Walmart Canada CIO Honoured with Top Industry Award

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada's Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Gale Blank was awarded the prestigious Breakaway Leader Award at the CIO Executive Summit earlier this week. She was selected as one of 10 industry leaders in North America.

The award, now in its fourth year, recognizes CIOs and senior IT executives whose leadership elevates their people, partners and business. Nominations for the award were gathered from peers within the Global CIO community. A distinguished panel of judges presided over the deliberation of the semi-finalists with final recipients selected through a combined vote. The summit, hosted by the global leadership network Evanta, is widely recognized as the most significant awards program for CIOs.

"This recognition from a panel of peers is truly a strong endorsement for a strong IT professional and leader," said David Cheesewright, Walmart Canada's president and CEO. "Gale is a true asset to Walmart Canada."

A seasoned industry executive, Gale has over 30 years of experience working at the forefront of the information technology industry. Gale is co-chair of the CIO Forum and a member of the board of directors for PS Productions, a motion picture supply company.

Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga Ontario, Walmart Canada operates 329 stores and serves more than one million customers each day. Walmart is one of Canada's largest employers with 85,000 associates, and is recognized by Waterstone Human Capital as having one of Canada's top 10 corporate cultures. Since 1994, Walmart raised and donated over $125 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations.

Image with caption: "Walmart Canada's Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Gale Blank was awarded the prestigious Breakaway Leader Award at the CIO Executive Summit earlier this week. (CNW Group/WAL-MART CANADA CORP.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110915_C3636_PHOTO_EN_3326.jpg

SOURCE WAL-MART CANADA CORP.

For further information:

Susan Schutta, Walmart Canada at 905-821-2111 x 78012

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