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Bill Groves, Chief Data & Analytics Officer for Walmart, Inc, named Chairman of Tech Council



BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Bill Groves, Chief Data & Analytics Officer for Walmart, Inc., has been named the Chairman of The Northwest Arkansas Technology Council. Groves sees the potential for NW Arkansas to become a national hub for technologists from all disciplines, particularly data scientists. Joining the NWA Tech Council as Chairman provides the area with the opportunity to create a community group where globally influential tech executives from across the region, and from all levels of business, can convene on strategic initiatives that help him realize this vision.


“Northwest Arkansas is ripe to become a hub for deep technologists and data scientists because of the diverse group of large employers — Walmart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt, Arvest Bank, Mercy, Simmons Foods, and multiple startups in retail, finance, and supply chain tech – with operations in need of digital and analytical talent to grow their businesses”, says Groves. “Along with the major employers, The Northwest Arkansas Council and the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber recognize both the need for tech talent across the region and the opportunity that our region’s high quality of life, low cost of living equation offers.”


The NWA Tech Council, an organization created alongside and managed by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, is now entering its 6th year and has traditionally been efforted in grassroots community education around technology. It was started in a time when technology professionals where considered a minority among top occupations in the region. Now, with the strategic focus of recruiting and retaining tech talent at the forefront of our community, there is an opportunity to establish a higher-level alliance that allows tech leaders in the area to strategically work together to make an impact on our community and proactively plan for the needs of an evolving economy.


About Bill Groves

Bill Groves earned a Bachelor's in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from University of Delaware. Before taking on the role for Chief Data & Analytics Officer for the world’s largest retailer/digital enterprise, Bill served in positions at FICO, comScore, D&B, Solera Holdings, and Honeywell. He has served or is currently serving on the boards of Buro de Credito and BizEquity.


Questions related to Bill Groves himself or Walmart need to be directed to Jenn Drago Ericksen (JEricksen@walmart.com.)


About The Northwest Arkansas Technology Council

Managed by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, the mission of the NWA Tech Council is to catalyze a more cohesive and collaborative network of technology leaders across NW Arkansas. The Council is comprised of globally influential tech leaders from across the region who work on key initiatives focusing on education, networking, talent attraction, and incubating and inspiring current tech talent in the region that furthers NWA as a high-quality place to live, work, and play for the best and brightest technologists in the world.


About The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Bentonville Chamber was formed in 1926 and became the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce in 1979. In 2017, the Chamber became the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce is to serve our members as the voice of the business community; to promote planned economic growth; to foster community interaction and provide information, leadership, and support to the Bentonville area.

The Chamber is an independent, non-profit business organization representing the Bentonville area. It's an organization with 1,000 members and is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors that is representative of the range of businesses among the organization's membership. The Chamber is operated by a staff of eight, and it is not run by the city, county or state.

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