Wal-Mart changes logistics team
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. last week announced a major shakeup of its leadership team, including key logistics executives.
The Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant promoted Lawrence Jackson to president and chief executive officer of its global procurement division, which buys goods from low-cost suppliers and conducts factory audits. Jackson was in charge of human resources. He left Dollar General Corp., where he was president and chief operating officer, in 2004.
Rollin Ford, executive vice president of logistics and supply chain, will become executive vice president and chief information officer, responsible for leading the company’s information technology division. He replaces Linda Dillman, who was responsible for many innovations, including the company’s industry-leading push to develop radio frequency identification tagging techniques for better inventory tracking.
Dillman will become executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration. She will lead the company’s new effort to use environmentally sustainable business practices.
Wal-Mart promoted Johnnie Dobbs, senior vice president of logistics in charge of distribution centers in the eastern United States and specialty distribution, to executive vice president of logistics and supply chain.
The moves follow a Wal-Mart practice to move executives to different parts of the company to expand their expertise.