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Wal-Mart said yesterday that it has fired seven employees – including three senior executives – for breaking company rules.

The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal reported that the people were fired because of “personal judgment pertaining to integrity issues.”

Further information about the firings was not disclosed, though the company did say the moves were not connected to last week’s announced retirement of Tom Coughlin, Wal-Mart’s vice chairman, nor to the ongoing litigation and criminal investigations in which the company is mired.

While the company did not even identify the executives, numerous press reports have identified some of them:

  • Jim H. Haworth, executive vice president of operations for the Wal-Mart Stores division.


  • Ken Reese, director of operations for Wal-Mart's Tire & Lube Express.


  • Terry Pharr, a senior vice president of the company.


  • Chad Madison, who worked in Wal-Mart’s Neighborhood Market division.

KC's View:
One can only imagine what the integrity issues were…and whether any of these executives will be testifying in upcoming court cases.