Who is Air New Zealand's new CEO, Greg Foran?

Current Walmart CEO Greg Foran will be returning to New Zealand next year to take control of our national airline, Air New Zealand.

Foran has been the boss of US retail giant Walmart since 2014, where he's reported to have been paid an annual salary of US$13 million.

In recent years, it's been Greg's son Kieran keeping the family name in the spotlight with his position in NRL team the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Before leading one of the world's biggest retail brands, Foran ran Woolworths across Australia and New Zealand, the brand which now trades as Countdown in Aotearoa. 

His rise to the top of retail sales began at the bottom - Foran began his career packing supermarket shelves in Hamilton, where he attended Hillcrest High School.

He spent most of his childhood and teenage years between Hastings and Hamilton.

During his time as store manager of Woolworths in Wellington in 1996, Foran was interviewed by 3 News regarding a ban on uniformed staff wearing nose piercings - a rule that's also in place at Air NZ. 

Air NZ's new CEO shouldn't be confused with the store manager at Mitre10 MEGA in Nelson, who also has years of retail experience and is named Greg Foran.