BENTONVILLE, Ark., Tuesday, August 7, 2007 --Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. John Agwunobi, current Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, has been named Senior Vice President and President for the Professional Services Division for Wal-Mart in the U.S. effective September 4.
Dr. Agwunobi will oversee the company’s health and wellness business unit including pharmacies, vision centers and health care clinics. He is the country’s expert on public health, and he will bring new perspective, diverse talents and tremendous expertise to our company in his new role.
He will report to Bill Simon, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Wal-Mart Stores U.S.
“John is the country’s expert on public health, and I look forward to his contributions in furthering Wal-Mart’s health and wellness efforts,” said Simon. “He will bring new perspective, diverse talents and tremendous expertise to our company in his new role.”
Added Dr. Agwunobi, “Wal-Mart touches many lives in many communities and this position provides me with a new opportunity to reach people in the places where they live, work and shop. I am very excited to join the Wal-Mart team.”
Dr. Agwunobi, also a pediatrician, is a seasoned public health professional with experience in health care delivery, managed care and health care policy. As Assistant Secretary for Health, he was responsible for disease prevention, health promotion, women and minority health efforts, the reduction of health disparities, the fight against HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza planning and vaccine preventable disease initiatives.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Agwunobi served as Florida’s Secretary of Health and State Health Officer from October 2001 to September 2005. In this role, he confronted many public health challenges, including leading the state’s public health and medical response to four major hurricanes, led the call for a healthier Florida, managed the response to the nation’s first-ever intentional anthrax attack, and guided Florida’s nationally-recognized efforts to protect the state against bioterrorism.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club locations in the United States. The Company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.