Tom oversees the company’s legal, ethics, global security, aviation and travel departments. He is also corporate secretary. Tom joined Wal-Mart in July 2001 after serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Raytheon Company. At Raytheon since 1992, he was responsible for legal, corporate secretarial, ethics, export control, real estate, insurance, environment, and health and safety issues. Prior to joining Raytheon, Tom served in a number of key legal, financial, international, and general management positions for several companies including Denver-based Manville Corporation (a building products manufacturer), and St. Louis-based Emerson Electric (a diversified manufacturing company). A native of Kansas City, Tom graduated from the University of Kansas in 1970 with an English degree. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri in 1975 and earned a master of business administration in finance from the University of Kansas in 1981.