Jamaican Woman Named Executive Vice President of Home Depot’s U.S. Stores

Ann-Marie Campbell has climbed the ladder at the world’s largest home-improvement retailer to become Executive Vice President in charge of all Home Depot stores in the United States.

Campbell, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, as the youngest of four children and the only girl, has been with The Home Depot for more than 30 years. She started as a cashier while studying at Florida International University before rising through the store ranks.

Ann-Marie learned her first lessons in retail from her grandmother in Jamaica, a successful retailer, who did not finish high school but transformed a roadside business into a multimillion-dollar business — a retail store selling mostly furniture and appliances.

“I learned that you can accomplish so much, no matter what the limitations may be. You just gotta believe to achieve.” — Ann-Marie Campbell

Today, as Executive Vice President, Campbell leads the company’s three U.S. operating divisions comprised of nearly 2,000 U.S. stores and the bulk of the company’s nearly 400,000 associates.

During her career at the company, she has served in a variety of positions, including store manager, district manager, and regional vice president.

She has also served as vice president of operations, vice president of merchandising and special orders, vice president of retail marketing and sales for Home Depot Direct, vice president of vendor services and, most recently, president of the Southern Division of The Home Depot, where she was responsible for sales and operations for more than 640 stores, and led a team of more than 100,000 associates in 15 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It’s like “Wow, I didn’t expect to be here.” At one point I said to myself I want to write a book. I’ve not done that yet. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and want to get accomplished. I want to capsule what I’ve learned in my career and share it with others.

Ann-Marie is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in business administration. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society, and the National Scholars Honor Society.

She currently serves on the boards of Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, Barnes & Noble, and Potbelly Corporation. In 2014, Fortune Magazine listed her among the top 50 most powerful women in business.