Former Wal-Mart Stores executive Debra Layton has been hired as interim president and CEO of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Layton will join the chamber Aug. 16 in a part-time capacity, according an announcement from the chamber Friday (Aug. 11).
The organization is searching for a full-time replacement for Dana Davis, who recently retired.
“While a search committee identifies candidates for the next CEO, there is a sense of purpose and security knowing that Debra will provide continuity of leadership and organizational stability at the Chamber,” said chamber board chairman Craig Rivaldo, president and CEO of Arvest Benton County. “With the full support of the chamber board of directors and the staff, Debra is certain to ensure we continue to provide excellent service to our members as we move ahead on plans for the exciting future of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the community.”
Layton retired from Wal-Mart last month, ending a 31-year career with the retailer. She joined the company as an hourly associate in 1986, and went on to serve in several roles with store operations, merchandising, global sourcing, professional services and real estate.
She was previously chief merchandising officer in Chile and senior vice president of store formats, space and productivity. Her most recent role was senior vice president of merchandising administration.