by Max Brantley
We all know the first rule of journalism is “don’t bury the lead” so here goes: after eight amazing years, I’ve decided to leave Walmart at the end of the month. I have loved every second of every minute I’ve been with the company and I don’t have enough room in this email to give justice to the life-changing experience of working for the world’s largest retailer.
Simply put, I leave knowing that Walmart is a wonderful company, truly committed to using its size and scale to make the world a better place for its associates and customers. I am a better person and a better professional as a result of my time at Walmart and I am eternally grateful for all of the wonderful people I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from.
I can’t yet tell you where I’ll be next or what I’ll be doing but I hope to share some news with you soon. I’ll be around for a few more weeks but rest assured that these weekly updates will continue and you’ll be hearing from a number of different people on the team.
David Tovar, who announced last week that he was leaving the job as vice president of communications, has previously said he earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware in 1996. While conducting additional due-diligence screening, which is standard for employees who reach a certain level, Wal-Mart discovered he never received the degree, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Tovar, 40, joined Wal-Mart in 2006 after working for the tobacco and snack-food company Altria Group Inc. (MO)
Tovar gained attention this year by criticizing the New York Times on Wal-Mart’s blog. He posted a copy of a “wildly inaccurate” Times editorial by Timothy Egan and marked up the text with red editor’s notes.
“Thanks for sharing your first draft,” Tovar wrote in a faux message to Egan. “Below are a few thoughts to ensure something inaccurate doesn’t get published.”