Air New Zealand’s board of directors has appointed Greg Foran as the airline’s next chief executive officer. Foran is currently president and CEO of Walmart US where he has been responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company’s 4,600 stores and more than 1 million staff. Foran took up his current role in 2014 having joined Walmart International in 2011 where he served president and CEO of Walmart China and then president and CEO of Walmart Asia. Air New Zealand’s chairman, Therese Walsh, says Foran, who grew up in Hastings and Hamilton in New Zealand, 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.” “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,” Foran said in the statement announcing his appointment. “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. Air New Zealanders have an absolute love and passion for the business and their level of customer focus and care is one of the airline’s competitive advantages that I look forward to building on,” he says. Foran will take up the position of CEO in the first quarter of 2020.