BENTONVILLE, AR: Walmart has appointed Sylvia Mathews Burwell president of the Walmart Foundation, effective January 2012.
Burwell will oversee the retail giant's charitable giving efforts, as well as its global women's economic empowerment initiative. She will also support Walmart's social, environmental, and economic opportunity efforts in Africa.
Burwell will report to Leslie Dach, EVP of corporate affairs at Walmart.
Burwell currently serves as president of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.