Opinion: Can new boss lead Walmart to victory in battle with Amazon?

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As it enters a crucial period in its ongoing domestic battle with Amazon, Walmart US has announced a change in its top leadership, with the business now to be helmed by an avowed technophile with a strong run of success on his CV.

Greg Foran, Walmart US president and chief executive, is to exit the company for a new post leading Air New Zealand in his native country. His replacement is John Furner, who has led the Sam’s Club warehouse club subsidiary since 2017.

A 25-year Walmart veteran, Furner brings extensive experience from the US and China and will take the reins from November 1.

He is credited with turning around Sam’s Club during his tenure. His strategy involved culling 10% of the store estate, overhauling range and merchandising, and driving ecommerce uptake.

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