Wayne Callahan is Senior Advisor, Vestar Capital Partners, with focus on the consumer sector. He was most recently President Global Walmart Business of H. J. Heinz where he led high-performing teams serving Walmart worldwide. Wayne’s focus was organizational design, business planning, team development, and overall growth. As a member of Heinz President Council and Heinz Global Sales Council he lead customer business planning and best practice sharing for the largest global retail customers. Additionally, he was a Director of Heinz joint venture board in South Africa.
Wayne is a customer-centered champion and owns the “Student of the Customer” trademark.
He now serves as Director on the Sun Products and Woodstream boards. Wayne is also Director for Arvest Bank and Delta Dental Insurance of Arkansas. (Previous boards include Big Heart Pet and Del Monte Food)
On a personal basis, Wayne is past President of the Arkansas State Golf Association, current USGA Junior Amateur National Championship Committee member and Board Chairman of Mercy Medical System, Northwest Arkansas.
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business communication from Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin, and, a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow.