NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc., seeking to cultivate its next generation of leaders, said Wednesday that it shifted five key executives into new positions.

Lawrence Jackson, executive vice president of human resources, was named president and chief executive officer of the global procurement division, which operates purchasing offices in 28 countries. Jackson will oversee an ethical standards team responsible for ensuring that factories making products for Wal-Mart adhere to local labor laws or Wal-Mart standards, whichever are more stringent, the company said.

Linda Dillman, executive vice president and chief information officer, was named executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration, succeeding Chambers. She also will lead the company's sustainability efforts, which have grown with its increased offerings of organic products. A former Hewlett-Packard executive, Dillman is known for making Wal-Mart an early user of radio frequency identification tags, a controversial initiative that has drawn criticism as well as plaudits for jump-starting the RFID industry.

Susan Chambers, executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration, will succeed Jackson. She will be responsible for human resources and the office of diversity. Chambers wrote the now infamous Wal-Mart memo about ways the company could reduce employee health care costs. Her suggestions included adding physical activity to job descriptions to discourage unhealthy people from applying.

Both Chambers and Jackson will report to president and ceo H. Lee Scott Jr.

The job of chief information officer will be filled by Rollin Ford, executive vice president of logistics and supply chain. Johnnie Dobbs, senior vice president of logistics, overseeing distribution centers in the eastern U.S. and specialty distribution, will move up to executive vice president of logistics and supply chain.

Dillman, Ford and Dobbs will report to John Menzer, Wal-Mart's vice chairman.

The moves “are good examples of Wal-Mart's commitment to developing a strong bench, with talent ready to step up and lead this company into the future,” Scott said in a statement.

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