For Exiting Wal-Mart CEO, a Victory Lap

Michael Duke will replace Lee Scott in February after Scott revived the big-box retailer's sales and share price, as well as his reputation

Talk about a holiday surprise. Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced just a week before Black Friday, the biggest sales day of the year, that it would have a new chief executive officer come February. Lee Scott, the company's CEO for the past nine years, is stepping down. He'll be replaced by Michael Duke, , 58, who currently leads the company's international division.

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