The nonprofit Peel Compton Foundation of Bentonville has named former Wal-Mart Stores executive Debra Layton as interim executive director, after the resignation of Corrin Troutman.
Layton retired from Wal-Mart last year, after a three-decade career with the retailer. She joined as an hourly employee in 1986 and went on to serve in a number of roles, including as chief merchandising officer for Walmart Chile.
Layton also last year served as interim president and CEO for the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, after Dana Davis retired and before Graham Cobb took the job in October.
“When I retired from Walmart, I had a goal to become more involved in shaping my community and leveraging my business skills to make a positive impact,” Layton said.
Her appointment to the Peel Compton Foundation role was effective Jan. 3.
Troutman, executive director and longtime horticulturalist for the organization, resigned, citing plans to pursue new opportunities more focused on horticulture.
“After 14 years with Peel Compton, it was time for a change. My time at Peel-Compton has been wonderful, with so many opportunities to grow and work with some really great people. Now I look forward to expanding into other professional horticulture opportunities.”