FORT SMITH — An executive at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for western Arkansas.


The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Duane Kees, who goes by the nickname “Dak.” Kees is 42 and has been the director of global ethics and compliance at Wal-Mart.


U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton recommended Kees, and President Donald Trump nominated Kees in September. The Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval last week.


Kees is an Army veteran who in his military career has served as a brigade judge advocate and a senior defense attorney.


His district is roughly west of a line from Hamburg to Russellville to Mountain Home.