Ryan Hicks, Director, EHS&S Compliance; Walmart Inc.
Ryan Hicks is currently the Director of EH&S Services for Walmart Stores, Inc. Mr. Hicks has been with Walmart in the EH&S department since 2008, working primarily in Water Compliance with responsibility for the Wastewater and Stormwater Teams. His main focus in these areas has been implementing digital transformation for environmental compliance and services in areas that traditionally lack digital systems. This transformation includes field electronic data capture, real time telemetry monitoring, use of systems and data to drive continuous improvement, and implementation of heat maps and scorecards to provide life cycle analysis to assets and equipment. Ryan is currently responsible for hazardous waste, automotive compliance, distribution center water compliance, and other water related compliance services for the US.
Ryan has a BA in Chemistry with an emphasis on Biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and a MS of Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. Ryan holds his CHMM, PMP, and Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and focuses on how to improve processes and services to reduce cost, increase compliance, and increase sustainability in all areas of the business. Prior to coming to Walmart, Ryan spent over 5 years at Consumer Testing Labs performing third label compliance chemistry for retail food goods. He enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, and mountain climbing with his wife and three sons. When he is not busy, Ryan also runs his sheep and pig farm in southern Missouri.