Woman to Watch: Claire Babineaux-Fontenot


Occupation: Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer, Wal-Mart

Hometown: Opelousas, LA

Currently Living In: Bentonville, AR

Birthday: April 26

Education:
Bachelor’s from University of Louisiana at Lafayette,  JD  from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge

Career Path: Started with Wal-Mart in 2004 as Vice President of Audit and Tax Policy, and became SVP and Chief Tax Officer in 2006. Prior to working for Wal-Mart, she worked in tax and general commercial litigation for law firm Adams & Reese, and also had worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP as Dispute Resolution Practice Group Leader for the Southwest Region. Also amongst her positions have been Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legal Affairs for the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Administrative Law Judge.

Credits Her Success to: Her parents who were the son and daughter of Louisiana sharecroppers

Quotable: “My God and my family come first.  I am grateful to have worked in environments that compliment those priorities.”

Accolades: Top 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America and one of the Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business by Black Enterprise Magazine

Family: Husband Barry and two children, Barry Jr. and Sydney

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