Friday headline roundup

Wal-Mart hired Porter Gordon on NDAA safety provisions (Politico, 1/7/2014)

Retail giant Wal-Mart hired Porter Gordon Silver Communications to work on successfully stripping a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act in December, according to public disclosures released Tuesday. Several members of Congress had championed a worker-safety provision in the annual defense spending bill that would have given procurement priority to companies that signed onto a legally binding Bangladesh workers’ safety agreement called the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. Retailers like Wal-Mart and Gap have declined to sign on, and Wal-Mart unveiled its own nonbinding safety plan in May of last year for workers at its Bangladeshi factories.


Wal-Mart loses a top e-commerce development executive to Groupon (Internet Retailer, 1/8/2014)

Groupon Inc. has beefed up its executive team with two hires, including a vice president from the Silicon Valley e-commerce research unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Read the WMTS? take on Subramanian’s departure: More trouble at WalmartLabs?


Wal-Mart outlines key leadership, organizational changes (The City Wire, 1/9/2014)

As McMillon takes the reins from Duke on Feb. 1, more than a dozen other managers and executives will also shift their positions, while Cathy Smith, chief financial officer for Walmart International will exit the company.


Walmart Compliance Chief in China Moves to U.S. (Compliance Week, 1/9/2014)

Rob Chester, former chief compliance officer for Wal-Mart’s China operations, was promoted last week to oversee compliance at the retail giant’s U.S. stores. Walmart says the move was long-planned, although in a stroke of bad timing the move happened the same week Walmart had to recall contaminated meat in China.

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