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Dach announces plans to leave Walmart
March 8th, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart executive vice president of corporate affairs Leslie Dach said today that he will step down in June after seven years with the company.
During Dach’s tenure, Walmart has focused on such areas of its business as environmental responsibility, health and wellness programs, women’s empowerment and a variety of other areas.
The 58-year-old Dach, who was once a Democratic Party strategist, says it was his decision to leave and that he does not yet have a new job lined up.
He did say, however, that he was looking forward to travelling less. For most of his time with the retailer, he commuted between his home in Washington, D.C., and Walmart’s home office here.
"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," chief executive officer Mike Duke said.
Dach joined Walmart in 2006 after leading an external team from the Edelman public relations firms that worked on the retailer’s corporate affairs.
He was the first head of corporate affairs to report directly to Walmart’s chief executive officer.
Walmart says it has started to look for a successor to continue Dach’s efforts in a variety of areas.
"One of the more frustrating things to me is that far too often folks look at what we’re trying to do cynically," Dach told the Reuters news agency. "Almost every time we do something it’s seen through the lens of public relations instead of being valued as something meaningful and real."