Wal-Mart hires Hill+Knowlton exec and former Bush advisor as VP of corporate affairs

Bentonville, Ark. -- Walmart announced that Dan Bartlett will become the company's new executive VP of corporate affairs in late June.  Bartlett, 41, most recently served as president and CEO of the U. S. arm of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global business advisory firm serving corporations, non-profits and associations in 52 countries.

Bartlett will report to Mike Duke, Walmart's president and CEO, and will serve as a member of the company's executive council.  His responsibilities will include oversight of external communications, government relations and sustainability, as well as the Walmart Foundation, which contributed more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind donations last year.

Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton, Bartlett was a senior counselor to President George W. Bush.  In this role he was responsible for all aspects of the president's strategic communications planning, formulation of policy and implementation of the president's agenda.

"Growing up in a small Texas town, I've seen first-hand the opportunity Walmart provides and the positive impact it can have on local communities," said Bartlett. "Now Walmart is in a unique position to make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. I am honored and excited to be part of that."