By Delimarket.TV Staff
Wal-Mart Stores Inc has announced that Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs Leslie Dach plans to leave his position in June, after seven years of working to improve the corporate image of the world's largest retailer.
Leslie has guided the company in establishing several programs focused on its environmental efforts, health and wellness programs, women's empowerment and other areas. However the company still faces issues including a foreign bribery investigation to labor issues at its stores and in factories that make its goods.
Dach, 58, said it was his decision to resign and that he does not have a new job lined up yet. He added that he looks forward to a little less travel after commuting between his home in Washington, D.C. and Wal-Mart's home office in Bentonville, Arkansas for several years, according to Reuters.
After he leaves, Dach will provide counsel "across a number of areas," Chief Executive Mike Duke said in a statement.
"Leslie has played a pivotal role in helping us understand the broader role Walmart can play in meeting the major challenges facing society today, and social goals are now an integral part of how we run our business," Duke said.
Dach joined Wal-Mart in 2006 after leading an external team from Edelman that worked on the retailer's corporate affairs. He is the first head of corporate affairs to report directly to Wal-Mart's CEO, first to Lee Scott and now to Duke.
Wal-Mart has started to look for a successor to continue progress Dach led on a variety of fronts while managing the opposition from various groups that protest everything from Wal-Mart's wages to its impact on the environment.
"One of the more frustrating things to me is that far too often folks look at what we're trying to do cynically," Dach said in an interview. "Almost every time we do something it's seen through the lens of public relations instead of being valued as something meaningful and real."