Sam’s Club CEO Aims To Grow Sales Ahead Of Retailer’s 35th Birthday

John Furner took over as Sam’s Club CEO on Feb. 1 this year, and brought with him two decades of retail operations experience from working his way up through the ranks.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been the only job Furner has had since he applied to the retailer for an hourly job while attending college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Furner said he needed a job and had some extra time on his hands in 1993 when his rock band split up. That’s when he applied to Wal-Mart for a part-time job, in part because his dad worked there.

“Some 23-plus years, 16 or 17 jobs and three countries later, I feel like I’ve learned the business of Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club and Walmart International from the bottom up,” Furner said in an internal communications blog earlier this year.   MORE

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