Enrique Ostalé, his passage from one to another and another Walmart

Enrique Ostalé is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Walmart México y Centroamérica, and Walmart Chile.

He recently retired as Executive Vice President, President and CEO of Walmart Latin America, UK and Africa.

He studied a Commercial Engineering, with a Specialty in Business Administration at the Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile and a Master in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.

Ostalé assumed his extended role in February 2016 after serving as President and CEO of Walmart México, Centroamérica y América Latina.

From 2006 to February 2013, he served as president and CEO of Walmart Chile.

His experience in the latter position included his leadership in the transition from the D & S chain, acquired by Walmart Stores Inc. in 2009, to what is now Walmart Chile.

Part of his work consisted of printing the seal of Walmart’s corporate culture in the organization, adopting, together with his team, the mission of “helping people save money so they can live better” and incorporating the promotion of sustainability as one of the operational pillars of the business.

Enrique Ostalé

Earlier, in 1989, he joined D&S, serving initially as the manager of the finance division, then the purchasing division, and later as the manager of its Leader format before becoming its Chief Financial Officer.

In 2000, he left the company to be the CEO of Emol, the online service of the newspaper El Mercurio.

Between 2002 and 2006, he was dean of the Business School of the Adolfo Ibáñez University before returning to D&S as General Manager, President and General Director.

In 2012, he received the Executive of the Year award from Ernst & Young and the newspaper El Mercurio.


Thus, Enrique Ostalé heads Walmart de México y Centroamérica (Walmex), one of the most important commercial chains in the region.

As of December 31, 2020, Walmex operated 3,489 units distributed in six countries (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, and Nicaragua), including convenience stores and membership price clubs.


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