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Sam’s Club Leader Furner To Take Helm Of Walmart U.S.

John Furner
John Furner, president and CEO of Sam’s Club.

On Nov. 1, John Furner will become president and CEO of Walmart U.S., following Greg Foran’s five years in the role. Furner will report to Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Foran, who has accepted the role of CEO for Air New Zealand Ltd., will stay on with Walmart through Jan. 31 to ensure a smooth transition.

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

Furner, 45, started with Walmart as an hourly associate in 1993, working part-time in the garden center of a supercenter. He worked his way up through a number of frontline leadership roles, later becoming a store manager, district manager and buyer. He has held leadership roles in operations, merchandising and sourcing in Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club and Walmart International, where he served at Walmart China as chief merchandising and marketing officer.

Prior to becoming Sam’s Club CEO in 2017, he was chief merchandising officer for Sam’s Club. Furner will partner with Walmart U.S. E-Commerce CEO Marc Lore, who also reports to McMillon, on the omnichannel experience for Walmart’s U.S. customers.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity and ready to get started,” Furner said. “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. I also want to thank the Sam’s Club team. My years with you have been amazing.”

“Greg Foran has made a huge difference for Walmart, and we are grateful.” McMillon said. “He built a strong plan from the beginning to strengthen the U.S. business—a plan that made significant choices around investing in wages and benefits for associates and investing in price for customers. 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. The results have been impressive—every quarter he led Walmart U.S. it has had positive comps. Before leading us to a stronger position in the U.S., he did the same thing in China. We will miss Greg and thank him for his leadership. He has made a difference for our customers, associates and shareholders.”

Foran has served as CEO of Walmart U.S. since August 2014; he first joined Walmart in October 2011.

“It has been an honor to lead the team at Walmart U.S.,” Foran said. “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.”

The company says it will announce Furner’s successor as president and CEO of Sam’s Club at a later date.

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