Supermarket CEO to take Air New Zealand’s top spot

Air New Zealand has appointed Walmart boss, Greg Foran as their next CEO. Foran has been working in numerous roles at the American supermarket chain—including president of their Chinese endeavour.

Foran will step into the role in early 2020, taking over from Air New Zealand’s chief financial officer, Jeff McDowell, who has been interim CEO since Christopher Luxon announced his resignation from the role in June.

“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,” said Foran on the 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 Zealand is immensely important across many spectrums, from not just timely and convenient travel but also to tourism and the environment, community support and innovation, to name but a few.”

“I want 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.”