“2011 Power 50: No. 1 MIKE DUKE.” Jon Springer, Supermarket News, July 18, 2011.

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  • “Richard George said he wouldn’t bet against Duke. He described first encountering Duke while addressing Wal-Mart executives at a function several years ago and coming away impressed with Duke’s passion for the business.”
  • “At the meeting I stood up and said, ‘I’m from the Northeast, and I have to say, your stores up here are god-awful,’” George related. “Next thing I know I was getting applause, and Mike Duke was at my elbow. We talked for 45 minutes. He said, ‘We haven’t figured out the Northeast yet, but we will.’ And it was that tenacity, and his excitement for the business, that really showed through.
  • “I think Mike Duke really understands it.”  “Many people would deny they ever had a problem. His attitude was, ‘Let’s fix it.’ He’s a preacher of vision and a lover of change. A lot of companies like to pat themselves on the back. But I’ve been to enough Wal-Mart meetings to know this is a company that spends a lot of time on the correction of errors.
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