Wal-Mart’s Head of Outreach to Exit
Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s head of outreach to environmental groups, Harriet Hentges, is leaving the company.
The former nun and conflict-resolution expert is leaving Wal-Mart just over a year after she was hired to help the world’s largest retailer rally support from environmental groups and other nonprofits in its battles with union-led critics.
Hentges, who was hired in July 2006 as Wal-Mart’s first “director of stakeholder engagement,” will leave Friday for personal reasons, Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said.
Tovar also said Wal-Mart is seeking a replacement for the same position and remains committed to working with outside groups on issues including the environment.
Family Dollar Names Executive VP
Charlotte, N.C., Family Dollar Stores Inc. has promoted Barry Sullivan to executive VP of store operations, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.
Sullivan began his career with Family Dollar in 2002 as VP of the Northeast U.S. division. He most recently was senior VP of store operations.
It is unclear if he is succeeding someone or filling a new position, the report said.
Kroger’s Food 4 Less Workers Ratify New Contract
Cincinnati, Employees of Kroger Co.’s Food 4 Less division in Southern California have ratified a new four-year contract, according to the Business Courier.
The pact covers more than 5,700 workers who are members of several UFCW locals. Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed, but Kroger said the agreement included wage increases and “affordable, quality health-care benefits” for the employees and their families. It also said the deal “will help the division be more competitive in the marketplace.”
Kroger employees in the Cincinnati area this week authorized a strike and rejected a contract proposal covering 77 area Kroger stores and 11,000 workers.