Wal-Mart executive Leslie Dach to leave June

Fri Mar 8, 4:28 PM UTC

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says Leslie Dach, who has played a pivotal role in reinventing the image of the world's largest retailer in the face of mounting attacks by labor groups, is leaving the company in June.

Dach joined Wal-Mart as executive vice president of corporate affairs in August 2006 as anti-Wal-Mart attacks reached a feverish pitch on all fronts, from how it treats its workers to how it hasn't taken enough responsibility for its environmental impact.

Under Dach's tenure, the Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter worked with its expansive network of suppliers to reduce packaging. More recent initiatives include boosting sourcing of U.S. products by $50 billion over the next decade. Wal-Mart also launched measures to help empower female factory workers in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America.