BENTONVILLE, AR: Walmart has a search underway to replace its communications leader Leslie Dach, who is leaving his post in June after seven years with the company.
Walmart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan confirmed the search for Dach's replacement, adding that the reporting structure in the communications function will remain the same.
Dach, who joined the retail behemoth in 2006 as EVP of corporate affairs and government relations, will return to Washington, DC to spend time with his family and figure out his next steps, Buchanan said.
“He's been commuting back and forth from DC to Bentonville, Arkansas for the last seven years, and as you can imagine, that's a lot,” she said.
Dach's departure is his own decision and is not part of any restructuring process for the company, Buchanan said.
“He believes that he has accomplished a lot over the last few years, and he's confident the team will continue to lean in and drive change globally,” she added. “He said to us on Friday that you always leave when things are good, and he believes things are good right now.”
During his time at Walmart, Dach worked on a number of initiatives to boost the company's image, from increasing the sourcing of US products to anti-obesity and sustainability efforts. In 2011, he collaborated with first lady Michelle Obama on her “Let's Move!” campaign and helped put in place Walmart's “Great for You” labels for nutritious food products.
Dach was named to PRWeek's Power List for six consecutive years from 2007 to 2012.
Prior to joining Walmart, Dach served as the worldwide vice chairman of Edelman, where he worked for 17 years. He also held a top communications position for John Kerry's presidential campaign and advised the Clinton White House on communications issues.