David Tovar, Walmart’s vice president of corporate communications, will be resigning from his post after a background check that found he had not earn a college degree.
Tovar was being promoted to senior vice president and in the process of a background check for it while discovering he did not fully finish school.
“As part of that process I was going through additional leadership assessment, including a battery of tests including questions about leadership, drug tests, background checks,” Tovar told CNBC in a phone interview. “In the background check my education was flagged. It was done by a third party company. They asked me about it, and I was 100 percent transparent.”
Tovar said he was aware that he was a few credits short to get a degree at the University of Delaware, but he had already walked in the graduation ceremony and got a job in New York at that time.
“I got a job and never looked back. I really didn’t think an art degree would matter in communications, which was the field I went into,” Tovar said.
Tovar said resigning from the position was his own decision because he wanted a more senior job and the giant retailer could not promote him based on what was revealed.
“I am leaving on good terms and Walmart has been very supportive,” Tovar said.
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