MEXICO CITY, March 5 Mexico's biggest retailer,
Wal-Mart de Mexico, on Tuesday said it will hire
White & Case attorney Alberto Sepulveda in a newly created role
heading legal and institutional affairs in Mexico.
Walmex, as the company controlled by Wal-Mart Stores Inc
is known locally, is under investigation in the United
States and Mexico for allegedly bribing Mexican officials to
speed up store openings.
Sepulveda's wide range of responsibilities includes ethics,
corporate affairs, asset protection and business development
such as mergers and acquisitions, according to a filing with
Mexico's stock exchange.
The attorney, who was a partner with U.S. law firm White &
Case in Mexico, will report on legal issues to Gonzalo Smith,
vice president for Latin America, a spokesman said. For other
matters he will report to Walmex Chief Executive Scot Rank.
Sepulveda will join the retailer on April 8, the statement
Parent company Wal-Mart in December named a new general
counsel and it has broadly reorganized its legal division in
response to the bribery allegations, first published in the New
York Times last spring.