BENTONVILLE, AR: Wal-Mart is on the hunt for a new communications executive who will oversee the company's executive communications program, including speeches, published materials, and correspondence, according to an e-mail PRWeek obtained.
The e-mail, reportedly sent by Beth Logan, VP of the executive search firm Crowe-Innes & Associates, saying that her firm has been retained by Wal-Mart to fill the newly created position of director, executive communications. The e-mail, and an accompanying detailed job description, was sent to PRWeek by Wal-Mart Watch, an activist group opposed to many of the retailer's policies and practices.
According to the materials, the newly created position would report to Mona Williams, Wal-Mart's VP of corporate communications. It would oversee a staff of four, and would "direct the executive communication program for the ten most senior Wal-Mart executives."
The job description notes that "The person in this position will be responsible for managing over 50 speaking engagements and thousands of letters received annually....and "making strategic decisions on how to handle hostile requests as well as optimize positive opportunities."
Beth Logan did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Mona Williams was unavailable, and the company did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.