Jamaican Woman to Head All Home Depot Stores in US

Kingston native Ann-Marie Campbell, 50, will oversee 2,000 stores for the home-goods giant.

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Ann-Marie Campbell, executive vice president of Home Depot’s U.S. stores

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Ann-Marie Campbell has been in her job as executive vice president of Home Depot’s U.S. stores since the top of the month. In her new post, Campbell oversees almost 400,000 employees in 2,000 stores. She replaced veteran exec Marc Powers in mid-January.

Jamaicans.com reports that Campbell, 50, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and graduated with a degree in philosophy and an MBA from Georgia State University. She began her career with the Atlanta-based company as a cashier while still in college during the ’80s.

Campbell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last year that her inspiration and business knowledge come from her grandmother in Jamaica, who did not finish high school but transformed a roadside business into a multimillion-dollar company.

“I learned a lot about commitment to family and commitment to winning. She had very high standards,” Campbell said.

In 2014, Campbell was named to Fortune’s list of the “40 Most Powerful Women in Business.” Before being named to her new position, she was in charge of some 690 Home Depot stores in 15 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.