Ben Hasan joined the Global People team as Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2015.
In this global role Ben and his team are responsible for the continued development of the healthy evolution of the company's culture, the development of behaviors that embrace diversity at all levels of the company and the promotion of the company's external reputation as a great place to work.
Ben Hasan joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as senior vice president Strategic Services in Walmart Technology.
In this role he and his team were responsible for ISD Strategy, Communication, Innovation, ISD Vendor Management, Project Management Office, Business Analysis, GTS - India & Mexico and Quality Assurance.
Prior to his current role at Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell Inc.He progressed through several leadership positions before serving as vice president of Corporate and Product Group I/T.
In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore.
He also served as general manager of Dell's I/T development centers in Brazil and India.Before joining Dell, he gained broad experience in I/T, Human Resources, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, and Customer Service during his 14-year career with ENSERCH Corporation, an oil and gas company based in Dallas, Texas.
In 2006, Ben received the Temple University Fox School I/T Award for Distinguished Alumni.
Ben holds an M.B.A. from Amber University in Dallas, Texas, and a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in computer science from Temple University in Philadelphia.
"There is unlimited demand for IT services here, because many increases in productivity and cost-cutting measures can be attained through the use of technology," says Ben-Saba Hasan.
Hasan is VP of people systems at Wal-Mart (Bentonville, AR), which is probably the world's largest retailer with more than two million employees worldwide and 350 company officers.
Of course, the "unlimited" demand for IT must adjust to limited resources and competing priorities.
"That's the challenge," Hasan says.
"But it is also the epitome of problem-solving, and what drew me to an IT career in the first place."
Hasan and his teams are responsible for the IT systems that support functional areas like human resources, payroll, training and development, diversity, compensation, time and attendance and benefits systems.
The teams also support corporate communications, in-store clinics, intranet, philanthropic efforts and much more.
For example, "We have a huge, privately run benefits organization to support.
More than a million people are enrolled, and it's our responsibility to ensure that the applications behind it run perfectly," Hasan says.
His work also involves business initiatives intended to drive growth and increase productivity.
Based on available resources, "There are constant trade-offs.
You have to balance current needs, implement new applications and manage expectations," he says.
Hasan has a 1983 bachelors of business admin with a concentration in CS from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) and a 1994 MBA from Amber University (Dallas, TX).
He grew up in North Philadelphia and began at the University of Idaho on a basketball scholarship before he went on to Temple.He left school to work at various jobs and owned several small businesses before he went
back to complete his degree at Temple.
He held three part-time jobs in his final year there,
Armed with his business degree and CS concentration he landed a job as a programmer with EDS (Dallas, TX).
The next year he moved to a programming position with Enserch Corp (Dallas, TX), a company involved in oil and gas exploration, distribution and transmission.
He stayed with Enserch for fourteen years, working in IT, HR, rate and regulatory affairs and customer service, and finally as an IT director.In 1997 he joined Dell (Round Rock, TX) as director of IT.In 2002 he became VP of IT, directing teams that supported most business areas, including product group design centers in Austin, TX, Shanghai, Taipei, Singapore and Bangalore."I spent a lot of time in Asia when I was with Dell," he remembers.At the end of 2007 he joined Wal-Mart.
Besides ITSMF, Hasan is a longtime member of BDPA and the National Black MBA Association.
"Mentoring is one of the most rewarding things I do," he says.
"I love seeing the 'Oh-I-get-it' look on people's faces!
"I've had a lot of great coaches along the way and learned that building relationships and understanding the culture you're working in is as important to your career as your performance," he notes.
Hasan is looking forward to the emphasis on alternative energy in the Obama stimulus package.
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