Walmart appoints John Furner as chief executive of US business
Walmart has promoted John Furner to the role of president and chief executive of Walmart US.
In his new position, he will report directly to Walmart president and chief executive Doug McMillon.
Furner began working with Walmart in 1993 as a part-time hourly associate. During his time with the business, he has held leadership roles in operations, merchandising and sourcing in Walmart US, Sam’s Club and Walmart International. Prior to becoming Sam’s Club chief executive in 2017, he was chief merchandising officer for the business.
McMillon said: “John has done a fantastic job at Sam’s Club, and he will continue the momentum we have in Walmart US. 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.”
Furner will take up the role on 1 November when he will succeed Greg Foran who is to leaving the business to become chief executive of Air New Zealand. However, Foran will stay on with Walmart until 31 January to ensure a smooth handover.
McMillion added: Greg Foran has made a huge difference for Walmart, and we are grateful. Greg’s ability to innovate, whether it’s making our stores a competitive advantage in an omnichannel environment or equipping associates with next generation technology and training, has helped position us for the future.”
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