Air New Zealand is getting a new Chief Executive Officer with Walmart’s US boss Greg Foran stepping into the role from the first quarter of 2020.

Greg is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart US and is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company’s 4,600 stores and more than 1 million staff.

Last year Walmart US served more than 160 million customers a week and had revenues of US$307 billion.

He joined Walmart International in 2011 where he served in a number of capacities, including as President and CEO of Walmart China and then President and CEO of Walmart Asia up until he assumed his current role.

Greg Foran

Before joining Walmart, Greg held a number of positions with Woolworths in Australia and New Zealand.

Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh says Greg, who grew up in Hastings and Hamilton, will be an outstanding leader of the airline.

“We are thrilled to have attracted a world class Kiwi back home. Greg has an impeccable track record in delivering strong commercial performance, outstanding customer focus and in building teams that can take a business to the next level.”

Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh

Greg says said was privileged to have been given the opportunity to grow an iconic and critical New Zealand company and brand on the global stage.

Karry On - Air New Zealand

“I am an incredibly proud Kiwi and to be given the job of nurturing and building on the legacy of an iconic company that represents the best of our nation at home and around the world really excites me,” he said.

“Air New Zealand is deservedly recognised as one of the world’s great airlines and I look forward to working alongside its people to take it to the next level”.

He said he wants Air New Zealand to continue to be at the forefront of its industry across the world and to deliver strong commercial results in the process.