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Wal-Mart U.S. Chief to Run Overseas Business

Mike Duke and John Menzer are both promoted.
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elevated its two top division chiefs to vice chairman posts and switched their responsibilities between domestic and overseas operations.

John Menzer, the president and CEO of Wal-Mart International, and Mike Duke, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores U.S.A., were named vice chairmen. Eduardo Castro-Wright, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Wal-Mart Stores U.S.A., was named to Duke's former positions.

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Menzer, to whom Castro-Wright will report, will head Wal-Mart's domestic real estate, logistics, information services, benefits, global procurement, financial services, store planning and strategic planning divisions.

Duke will now run the company's international operations.

Pat Curran, who was senior vice president and a divisional manager for Wal-Mart Stores U.S.A., was named executive vice president for store operations, reporting to Castro-Wright.

"Mike has brought to the U.S. operations exactly what was needed during the last couple of years," Wal-Mart said in a release. "Mike has the ability and the management confidence to delegate responsibility to the best people in his organization, and develop and promote them. This new assignment will give us the opportunity to apply those skills to our overseas operations."