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Wal-Mart Hires Compliance Officer

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here said it has hired Daniel Trujillo as senior vice president and chief compliance officer for its international division, a new position.

Trujillo's hiring comes in the midst of a federal investigation into bribery allegations at Wal-Mart's Mexico-based operations. The company said his hiring "is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance Wal-Mart's international compliance programs" in the 26 countries in which it operates outside the U.S. The company current organizes compliance on a regional basis.

In his new role Trujillo will be responsible for reviewing, assessing and integrating Walmart's compliance efforts outside the U.S.; leveraging talent, resources and compliance best-practices across its international markets; and ensuring appropriate training, monitoring and audit of its international compliance functions.

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Trujillo, who is deputy general counsel and director of compliance for Schlumberger Ltd., Houston, an oil field services company, is scheduled to join Wal-Mart Oct. 29.

In announcing Trujillo's appointment, David Tovar, vice president, corporate communications, said, "Wal-Mart is committed to having strong and effective compliance programs around the world. Over the past 18 months, we have made improvements in our global compliance programs and have taken a number of specific, concrete actions with respect to our processes, procedures and people. [This] announcement is consistent with our ongoing efforts."

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