Wal-Mart Taps Google Executive for Board

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores [3] on Monday announced that its board of directors has nominated Marissa A. Mayer, vice president of local and maps for Google, to be a member of the company’s board.

If elected at Wal-Mart’s annual shareholders’ meeting on June 1, Mayer would become the 16th member of the board.

Mayer, 36, leads the product management and engineering efforts of Google’s local, mobile, and local-based products. She began her career with Google in 1999 as its first female engineer and has launched hundreds of products and features during that time.

“At Wal-Mart, we are focused on giving our millions of customers around the globe ‘anytime anywhere' access, whether it is through a mobile device, online or in a physical store," said Wal-Mart Chairman Rob Walton, in a statement. "We are on the cusp of a massive transformation in the way people shop in our increasingly connected world. Marissa’s insights and expertise in the technology and consumer areas are valuable assets to Wal-Mart as we move forward."