Wal-Mart announced Monday that Kathleen McLaughlin will be the new director of the Wal-Mart Foundation starting Oct. 15.
McLaughlin, 48, will replace Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whom the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported had left in April after being tapped by President Barack Obama to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget.
McLaughlin's new responsibilities will include directing Wal-Mart's donations, global sustainability, women's economic-empowerment initiatives and healthier food initiatives, the company said in a news release.
A dual American-Canadian citizen, McLaughlin previously was a senior partner at consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she worked with multiple businesses, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies in the company's Social Innovation Practice.
McLaughlin also served on the Toronto Community Foundation board for 10 years, where she chaired the Community Initiatives Committee, the release states.
"Kathleen has a personal passion for making a difference on social issues and the business expertise to help successfully develop and implement real, long-term solutions," Wal-Mart president and CEO Mike Duke said.