Furner, Sam’s Club Head Merchant, to Become CEO

Rosalind Brewer, current CEO, to retire
January 6, 2017David Gill

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BENTONVILLE, Ark.—John Furner, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Sam’s Club, will become the warehouse club’s president and CEO Feb. 1.

Furner will report to Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, Sam’s Club’s parent, and will succeed Rosalind Brewer, who yesterday told Walmart that she intends to retire Feb. 1, according to a Walmart filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Since joining Walmart as a store associate in 1993, Furner has served in a variety of roles including vice president and divisional merchandise manager, senior vice president of proprietary brands and merchandising solutions, senior vice president of home and apparel and global sourcing, and senior vice president and chief merchandising officer of Walmart China, before assuming his current post in October 2015.

Brewer joined Walmart in 2006 as head of its U.S. segment’s south and southeast geographic business units. She was named executive vice president in charge of the company’s U.S. eastern geographic business unit in 2011, and was named to her current post in 2012.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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