Walmart appoints new CEO in wake of Foran move to Air NZ

Walmart US announced John Furner as its new president and CEO, in the wake of Greg Foran’s decision to take up the chief executive role at Air NZ.

Furner will report directly to Walmart’s global president and CEO Doug McMillon when he takes up the position on November 1. Foran will stay with the retail giant until January 31 to help with the transition.

Furner began his career with Walmart in 1993 and went on to lead operations, merchandising and sourcing for Sam’s Club and Walmart International (China) as chief merchandising and marketing officer.

“John has done a fantastic job at Sam’s Club, and he will continue the momentum we have in Walmart US,” McMillon said.

“John knows our business well, having held many different jobs in the company over more than 25 years, and he is helping transform it for the future. He has the experience and judgment to know what we should continue doing and what we should change. He embraces technology and new ways of working, and he keeps our customers and Sam’s Club members at the center of everything we do, while delivering results for the business. I look forward to seeing his impact for our customers and associates in Walmart US.”

Furner said he is grateful for the opportunity and ready to get started.

“There’s no better place than Walmart U.S. to touch the lives of millions of customers and associates. Together with the team, we will build on the progress under Greg’s leadership and continue to make Walmart an even better place to work and shop,” he said in a statement.

Foran said it has been an honour to lead the team at Walmart US.

“I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve at a unique moment for retail and want to thank the associates who made it happen. It is bittersweet to leave Walmart, but this incredible opportunity to lead an iconic Kiwi brand was one I could not pass up, and I’m looking forward to this next chapter.”

Walmart said that it will announce Furner’s replacement at Sam’s Club at a later date.

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