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Wal-Mart creates new position


BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores has announced that the executive who led the retailer’s sustainability efforts is to take up a newly created position in product development.

According to reports, Andrew Ruben will oversee Wal-Mart’s private label brands, including Sam’s Choice and Great Value.

"Under Andy's leadership, we laid the foundation for a long-term effort that will transform our business by driving out hidden costs, conserving our natural resources for future generations, and providing sustainable and affordable products for our customers so they can save money and live better," Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said.

In his new position, Ruben will be tasked with making Wal-Mart's private-label products more environmentally friendly. Tovar added that the transition would take several weeks.  

Ruben will be replaced by Matt Kistler, senior vice president of marketing for Sam's Club.

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