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7 Facts about a Walton College Alumnus who is an EPIC Success

Gary Norcross

November 30, 2018 | By Mathew Waller

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He is an Arkansan who is a successful leader and a man of integrity. Here are seven facts you should know about his business career:

Gary Norcross is an EPIC Success


  • Gary Norcross graduated from the Walton College in 1987 at the age of 21 and went to work at Systematics Inc. a year later.
  • At the age of 30, he became a senior vice president at Alltel Information Services.
  • At the age of 36, he became president of a division of Fidelity National Information Services(FIS).
  • In 2012 he became president of FIS.
  • In 2015, at the age of 49, he became CEO of FIS.
  • He is also on the board of directors of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.
  • I’m fortunate to have him on my Dean’s Executive Advisory Board.
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FIS, the company Gary leads, has a market cap of over $30 billion, 52,000 employees, does business globally and is a most innovative financial services technology company. The company Gary is on the board of, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, is more than 150 years old, has over $7 billion in assets and is one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States. That these companies desire Gary’s leadership is evidence of his EPIC success.

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Matt WallerMatthew A. Waller is the dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair, and professor of supply chain management. His opinion pieces have appeared in Wall Street Journal Asia and Financial Times.

Waller is an SEC Academic Leadership Fellow, and coauthor of “The Definitive Guide to Inventory Management: Principles and Strategies for the Efficient Flow of Inventory across the Supply Chain” published by Pearson Education.

He received a B.S.B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Missouri, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He is the former co-editor-in-chief of Journal of Business Logistics.