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Walmart’s CEO, manager at heart

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Walmart CEO Mike Duke, an easygoing and friendly Georgia Tech engineering graduate, is also a demanding boss and tough negotiator.

But above all, he’s the kind of manager who could persuade his boss to cut losses and get Walmart out of Germany a few years ago.

So says Lee Scott, Duke’s predecessor as CEO at the $419 billion company.

“Mike is not only a good leader but a really good manager,” says Scott, who moved Duke into various parts of the business before handing over the reins in 2009. “There’s so much said today about leadership. But I don’t think in business you can forget the fact that you don’t just have to lead, you have to manage.”

— Adapted from “Meet the CEO of the Biggest Company on Earth,” Brian O’Keefe, Fortune.

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