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John Furner


President and CEO
Sam's Club
John Furner serves as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, a members-only warehouse club. A division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Sam’s Club had revenues of $57 billion for fiscal year 2016, 110,000 associates and more than 650 clubs. John started with Walmart as an hourly associate in 1993 and has held important roles in Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club and Walmart International as an expatriate in China.

John most recently served as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Sam’s Club. In this position, John oversaw all of merchandising, including global sourcing and packaging, and worked to elevate our assortment, develop our talent and seize the opportunity in private brands. Prior to that, John served as chief merchandising and chief marketing officer of Walmart China, where he was over merchandising, procurement, marketing, supply chain, financial services and mobile commerce for the Hypermarket division.

After joining Walmart in an hourly role, John’s later positions included management intern, assistant store manager, assistant buyer, operations development, co-manager, store manager, district manager, buyer and divisional merchandise manager.

In 2006, he was promoted to vice president and divisional merchandise manager, followed by regional general manager and vice president of Northeast operations in 2008. He then advanced to vice president of global sourcing and seasonal merchandising in 2010, senior vice president of proprietary brands and merchandise solutions in 2011 and senior vice president of home and apparel and global sourcing in 2012. In 2013, he was named senior vice president and chief merchandising officer for Walmart China.

John has a bachelor of science in marketing management from the University of Arkansas and completed the High Potentials Leadership program.

Speaking in:

Saturday Jan 13
8:30 - 9:00 AM
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1

The year was 1993, and John Furner's band had just broken up. In need of a job, he turned to Walmart and began his career as an hourly associate. Today, he's the President and CEO of Sam's Club. In this session, he'll share how he... Read more