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Walmart Appoints New Senior Vice President of Sustainability

Walmart will hand over its sustainability reigns to Andrea Thomas. She has been named the new senior vice president of Sustainability for the retail giant.

Thomas will replace Matt Kistler who is transitioning into a new role as senior vice president of Marketing on the Walmart U.S. team.

Leslie Dach, Walmart’s executive vice president of Corporate Affairs, told Environmental Leader that Thomas has been “a committed driver of sustainability within the Walmart private label business”. Dach continues…

“During the next several weeks Matt and Andrea will transition into their new roles. For a time, Matt and Andrea’s tenures in sustainability will overlap.”

If you follow Walmart’s sustainability initiatives, then you are familiar with the work of Kistler’s team over the last three years including Walmart’s China Sustainability Summit, and the launch of the Sustainability Index and Sustainability Consortium.

More recently, the company announced its commitment to reduce the carbon footprint from its supply chain by 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2015.

Walmart has some lofty goals and exciting times ahead. It will be interesting to see where its new senior vice president will take the world’s largest retailer.

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Written by Cindy Hoots

With more than 10 years experience working for a major Fortune 500 company, Cindy specializes in socially and environmentally responsible business strategies. She has developed successful corporate communications and stakeholder engagement strategies on contentious sustainability issues and has worked with a number of NGOs and activist organizations on how to effectively partner with multinational companies. Cindy frequently writes about topics ranging from what is corporate social responsibility to sustainable supply chain and measuring a company's environmental impact. She believes business plays a vital role in the health of our communities and our planet.

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  1. Walmart’s supply chain model is one of the best, if not THE best around. In my opinion it is because of their supply chain practices that they’re the worlds largest retailer. I’m sure the transition of roles will not affect their practices at all.

    Thanks!
    Joe
    University of San Francisco
    Supply Chain Management Training

    • @Joe I completely agree that the steps Walmart has taken to improve its supply chain is impressive. A small change toward sustainability for Walmart has a huge ripple effect around the world. I look forward to following the work of the new svp.

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