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Over the years, David Tovar has been quoted a lot in his role as vice president of communications and chief spokesman for Walmart. Heck, here on MNB alone he's been quoted a couple of dozen times.

In fact, the last time he made news, it is when he criticized a New York Times op-ed piece by Timothy Egan, calling it "wildly inaccurate."

Well, it ends up that Tovar knows something about wild inaccuracies. He's just lost his job, Bloomberg reports, because he falsified his resume, claiming to have a B.A. from the University of Delaware, when it fact he never completed the required coursework.

Walmart apparently found out about the gap between reality and resume while doing standard due diligence (which means, apparently, that Walmart continues to check out its employees even after they've been with the company for eight years).

According to Bloomberg, Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart, referred questions to Tovar. “I’ll let him speak to anything about his background,” he said.

The story says that "Wal-Mart sent a memo about Tovar’s departure to its U.S. leadership on Sept. 12, without elaborating on his reasons for leaving. Tovar’s college record didn’t come up in a separate farewell e-mail that he distributed to media." That email simply said that "I have loved every second of every minute I’ve been with the company and I don’t have enough room in this e-mail to give justice to the life-changing experience of working for the world’s largest retailer."

Tovar told Bloomberg in an email that it seemed like the right time to “start a new adventure," but he did not comment on the resume issue.
KC's View:
Which means, I think, that he has not learned his lesson … and is still being inaccurate about his academic inaccuracies.

Be nice if they replaced him with someone who not only does not drink Kool-aid, but doesn't even like Kool-aid…and who would take it as part of the job description to actually raise a hand in meetings and say, "Maybe we should think twice about how this is going to look…"