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IE&M Alumnus, Rick Webb, named to CEAT Hall of Fame
Richard "Rick" Webb grew up in Boy Scouts and youth sports in Seneca, Missouri. Born in 1955, Webb's parents, Bill and Joyce, served as role models for effectively combining career success with family values.
Being fascinated by problem solving, Webb pursued architectural engineering at Oklahoma State University as it had one of the top programs in the country. After earning his bachelor's degree in 1977, Webb went on to graduate school at OSU and earned both his master's and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management in 1979 and 1984, respectively. During his graduate work at OSU, Webb was awarded the coveted Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Memorial Scholarship.
Webb has held prominent positions with companies like Arthur and Young, KMPG, Stillwater National Bank, and was president of the Webb Group from 1998-2003.
Webb joined Walmart in 2004, where he is currently the Sr. Vice President of Global Business Processes. After 20 years of consulting in the retail industry for companies like Disney, Warner Bros., Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barnes & Noble, Sears and JCPenney, Webb was a perfect fit for Walmart and quickly moved up in leadership positions.
In his current role, he and his team are responsible for enhancing the Walmart customer's shopping experience and all store operating procedures and systems; increasing the effectiveness of the merchandising/plannin/marketing organizations by streamlining processes; and developing supporting systems and identifying opportunities to better optimize merchandise flow to Walmart Stores worldwide.
Webb was awarded the Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur Award at the 2009 Shareholders Meeting by the Walton family in recognition of his leadership and impact to the Walmart business.
Webb is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Board Member for the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter, and current member of the Strtegic Advisory Council for OSU's College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
Webb and wife of 35 years, Sandra, live in Bentonville, Ark. They have two daughters who both work for Walmart; Megan, Sr. Director of Frozen Foods, and Jaclyn, Sr. Manager in Global Talent Development.
Webb is a keynote speaker for the Spears School of Business Executive Management Briefings and Tulsa Business Forums this year. He is active with his local Bible study group and has a passion for placing more emphasis on STEM based learning.
His unmatched industry success and high personal character make Rick Webb deserving of the placement into the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Hall of Fame.