Top Wal-Mart Exec Resigns amid Alleged Inaccuracies found on his Resume

Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s vice president of communications and chief spokesman, David Tovar has resigned after the American retail corporation discovered that Tovar had lied about his academic credentials in his resume.

David Tovar, who announced a week ago that he was leaving the job as vice president of communications, has at one time said he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware in 1996.

While conducting a more extensive background check, which is mandatory for employees who reach a certain position, they flagged the “discrepancy” in his education. Wal-Mart found that he never received the degree, an individual familiar with the matter revealed. Tovar, 40, joined Wal-Mart in 2006, after having previously worked for the tobacco giant Altria Group.

An academic records authority from the University of Delaware also confimed that Tovar never received his diploma. “He was discontinued on May 25, 1996,” said Janice Wiley, the academic-records assistant. It implies that Tovar, did not enlist to complete his required coursework, she said.

Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart, alluded inquiries to Tovar. “I’ll let him speak to anything about his background,” Bartlett, who is Tovar’s supervisor, said on Tuesday. Tovar didn’t respond to questions concerning his academic record.

Tovar oversaw communications on subjects as assorted as sustainability, food stamps and the ongoing probe into Wal- Mart’s charged infringement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In February, Wal-Mart widened his responsibilities to incorporate communications over every last bit of its US businesses.

Wal-Mart sent a memo about Tovar’s resignation to its US leadership on September 12, without clarifying on his purpose behind the sudden departure. Tovar’s academic records didn’t come up in a separate farewell email that was disseminated to media.

“We all know the first rule of journalism is ‘don’t bury the lead’ so here goes: after eight amazing years, I’ve decided to leave Wal-Mart at the end of the month,” Tovar said in the message. “I have loved every second of every minute I’ve been with the company and I don’t have enough room in this email to give justice to the life-changing experience of working for the world’s largest retailer.”

Tovar responded to enquires over his departure, saying it seemed like the right time to begin a “new adventure”.

“As a person from the Northeast, I never thought I’d take a job in Arkansas and then stay here for eight years,” he said. “It’s been an amazing experience and I’ll definitely miss it.

Christy Gren
Christy Gren is an Industry Specialist Reporter at Industry Leaders Magazine she enjoys writing about Unicorns, Silicon Valley, Startups, Business Leaders and Innovators. Her articles provide an insight about the Power Players in the field of Technology, Auto, Manufacturing, and F&B.

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