Wal-Mart appoints new general counsel

December 31, 2012 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has promoted Karen Roberts to the dual roles of executive vice president and general counsel. Roberts has been with Wal-Mart since 1995, and currently serves as executive vice president and president at Walmart Realty for Walmart U.S.

Roberts takes over from current GC Jeff Gearhart, who takes on a new role as executive vice president and corporate secretary. 

Gearhart said of Roberts, “She is an extremely talented professional whose integrity, breadth of experience, and knowledge of Walmart make her uniquely qualified for this important role. Karen’s legal background and previous responsibilities directing our U.S. compliance and real estate functions provide an important perspective for overseeing the complex legal issues we deal with every day in our business.

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