Furner Named Walmart U.S. President/CEO

Walmart has named John Furner as president and CEO of Walmart U.S., replacing Greg Foran.

Furner will report to Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO, and the move will be effective November 1.

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, to deliver a seamless omnichannel experience for Walmart’s U.S. customers, the company said.

Foran is leaving Walmart for an opportunity to lead Air New Zealand Limited. He has served as CEO of Walmart U.S. since August 2014, and he first joined Walmart in October 2011.

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