The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Business

March 9, 2013

Top Wal-Mart executive who helped remake company image announces he is leaving

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Leslie Dach, who played an influential role in reinventing the image of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in the face of mounting attacks by labor groups and other critics, is leaving the company in June after seven years.

Dach, 58, joined Wal-Mart in August 2006 as executive vice president of corporate affairs, a newly created position. He came on board amid mounting anti-Wal-Mart attacks that ranged from complaints about the company's treatment of its workers to its need to address its impact on the environment.

During Dach's tenure, Wal-Mart launched a number of sweeping initiatives. Those included working with major suppliers to reduce packaging, and making its food healthier by embracing steps to lower salt, fats and sugars. More recent initiatives include boosting sourcing of U.S. products by $50 billion over the next decade. Wal-Mart has also launched a program to help empower female factory workers in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America.

Many of the initiatives have not only helped improve Wal-Mart's reputation but have also been good business decisions.

Before joining Wal-Mart, Dach was vice chairman of Edelman, a major global communications firm, where he led the Washington office, the company's research, advertising and corporate social responsibility consulting divisions and its global affairs, crisis, technology and health care practices. Dach also had been active as a strategist in Democratic politics and worked in a number of presidential campaigns. He also served in President Bill Clinton's administration.

1
Text Only
Business
Poll

Do you think Missouri should pass legislation that would allow a prescription drug database to be kept?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong