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Dec 28, 2023

Walmart hires former WWE general counsel

Beth Collins has also worked at Caterpillar and the DoJ

Beth Collins has joined Walmart as senior vice president and chief counsel for regulatory and specialty legal.

In a Walmart notice to employees, Rachel Brand, executive vice president for global governance, chief legal officer and corporate secretary, says Collins will lead members of Walmart’s legal team specializing in health and wellness, financial services, labor and employment, antitrust and regulatory specialties such as environmental health & safety, trade, food safety, product safety and alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Collins was previously senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Before joining WWE she had been deputy general counsel for enterprise risk, sales and services and chief compliance officer (CCO) at Caterpillar following a spell at Boeing as lead counsel. Her previous experience includes being counsel at WilmerHale and assistant attorney general for legal policy with the US Department of Justice.

Collins succeeds Jeanine Jiganti, who had previously announced her intention to retire at the end of the fiscal year. Jiganti’s LinkedIn profile states that her previous experiences have included being general counsel of Walmart Health & Wellness, CCO at DaVita and CCO at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Walmart has also promoted Julie Kass to vice president and chief counsel for health and wellness, reporting to Collins.

Karen Roberts retired early this year as Walmart executive vice president and general counsel. According to her LinkedIn profile, she became executive vice president and general counsel of the company in December 2012. In addition to being responsible for legal and compliance matters, she led department initiatives such as Walmart’s medical-legal partnership program and its diversity and inclusion efforts.

A Walmart spokesperson said at the time that Roberts’ role would not be filled and her direct reports would either report directly to Brand or Brand’s other direct reports.

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...

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