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US: Wal-Mart names Mike Duke new CEO

Date: 21 Nov 2008

Mike Duke, Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott is to step down early next year, and Mike Duke has been named as his successor. Scott was widely credited with having taken Wal-Mart further and faster down to journey towards greater environmental sustainability in recent years.

Mike Duke's appointment was welcomed by mainstream investors, who see him as someone that has worked across the Wal-Mart empire and understands the business extremely well.

Duke was also very much involved with some of Wal-Mart's sustainability initiatives. Recently, he fronted the retailer's workshop with its Chinese suppliers where the company laid out a tightening of expectations on the environmental practices of suppliers. Whilst in China, Duke said in a speech there: "Wal-Mart and our supplier partners must operate in a more socially and environmentally responsible way wherever we do business. ... We at Wal-Mart are also committed to being a leader on sustainability."

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