Fed Prosecutor is W-M Compliance Lawyer

Jan 09, 2004
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Tom Gean, a federal prosecutor for the Western District of Arkansas, is getting a new job in the private sector. Mr. Gean has been named Wal-Mart Stores’ legal compliance officer, a new position developed in response to recent difficulties the chain has had with discrimination lawsuits, as well as the federal investigation into Wal-Mart’s role in the hiring of illegal immigrants by its cleaning contractors.

Mona Williams, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart, told the Associated Press Mr. Gean would work with the company’s newly developed operations compliance group “to provide support to our stores and clubs to help make sure they are fully aware of applicable laws and regulations and have the right processes and reporting mechanisms in place.”

Moderator’s Comment: What are your thoughts on Wal-Mart’s recent moves in the area of legal compliance?

Mona Williams told the AP that Mr. Gean will make it easier for store managers to concentrate on the important aspects of their jobs.

We guess there are stranger things than a lawyer that makes others more efficient.

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