Longtime Walmart executive retires; retailer sees staffing changes in legal and communications departments

Del Sloneker, the influential Walmart executive who has held multiple leadership positions around the world for the Bentonville retailer, is retiring at the end of the year, according to a July 22 memo sent to employees of Walmart’s U.S. CEO. , John Furner.

Sloneker, who has worked for Walmart since 1986, is a senior vice president working for the company’s Walmart+ operations. He left this job at the end of July, but will continue to work on special projects until December. Her Walmart+ responsibilities have passed to Executive Vice President Diana Marshall.

Prior to focusing on Walmart+, Sloneker was the COO of Walmart US Health and Wellness. During his career, he also served as COO of Walmart China, Vice President of Online Grocery Operations and Vice President of Walmart Puerto Rico. In 2001, Walmart presented Sloneker with its highest honor, the Sam M. Walton Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

“Del has leveraged its deep expertise as an operator to help bring Walmart+ to life in our stores,” Furner wrote in the memo. “Del embodies the customer-centric mindset. He has a deep rooted love for Walmart and is an impeccable culture champion. I appreciate his wisdom and transparency and appreciate the impact he has had on the business. Del’s legacy will live on long after he is gone.

LEGAL
Joe Beemsterboer joined Walmart on July 25 as vice president of government enforcement and forensic investigations. He spent 12 years with the US Department of Justice, most recently serving as Chief of the Fraud Section within the DOJ’s Criminal Division. He will be based in Washington DC and will report directly to Bob Balfe, chief counsel for global investigations at Walmart.

Walmart said Beemsterboer will develop a government enforcement strategy and lead the ongoing efforts of legal investigations and government response teams. Prior to his 12-year career at the DOJ, he spent five years as an assistant state attorney in Cook County, Illinois. He has also represented Fortune 500 companies in corporate litigation and conducted internal corporate investigations during his time in private practice.

COMMUNICATION
Brian Besancency, director of communications at Walmart, recently announced his departure from the retail giant for a role with aerospace titan Boeing. Besanceney will report to Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun and join the company’s executive board in his new position.

Besancency spent six years at Walmart, most recently overseeing Walmart’s global communications operations. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Disney as senior vice president of public affairs and government relations. Prior to Disney, he spent 15 years in Washington working in government affairs for the US State Department, Homeland Security and the White House.

In his social media post, Besancency said he was grateful for his time at Walmart and the caliber of leaders he was able to work with over the past six years. He said the new trip with Boeing will begin Sept. 6 after moving to Arlington, Virginia.

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