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Wal-Mart Names Jackson Global Procurement Head
Apr 6, 2006
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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. promoted Lawrence Jackson to president and CEO of its global procurement division. He previously was executive vice president of the retailer's people division, where he was responsible for all human resources functions for the world's largest private workforce. Jackson will continue to report to Wal-Mart Stores President and CEO Lee Scott.

Wal-Mart also other senior leadership moves. Susan Chambers, previously executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration, was promoted to executive vice president of the people division, responsible for human resources functions and the Office of Diversity. She will report to Scott.

Other appointments, all reporting to Wal-Mart Vice Chairman John Menzer, are:

  • Linda Dillman, previously executive vice president and chief information officer, will become executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration. She will also lead the company's sustainability efforts. Last fall, Wal-Mart announced aggressive sustainability goals and recently increased offerings of organic products.
  • Rollin Ford, previously executive vice president of logistics and supply chain, will become executive vice president and chief information officer, responsible for leading the company's global information systems division.
  • Johnnie Dobbs, previously senior vice president of logistics, overseeing distribution centers in the eastern United States and specialty distribution, was promoted to executive vice president of logistics and supply chain.

    Wal-Mart's Global Procurement Operations
    The global procurement division now headed by Jackson has purchasing offices in 28 countries around the world and an ethical standards team charged with ensuring that factories produce goods for the retailer according to local labor laws or the retailer's own standards, whichever are more stringent. Wal-Mart conducts more than 13,500 factory audits a year.

    Jackson joined Wal-Mart in 2004 from Dollar General Corp., where he was the president and chief operating officer. He has also worked for Safeway Inc. and PepsiCo.

    Wal-Mart's Policy of Cross-Pollenization

    "Today's changes reflect a long history at Wal-Mart of what Sam Walton used to call 'cross-pollenization'," said Scott, who himself moved from logistics to merchandising to store operations within the company. "They are good examples of Wal-Mart's commitment to developing a strong bench, with talent ready to step up and lead this company into the future."

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