Genesco, Inc. announced that the independent directors of the Genesco Board unanimously selected Gregory A. Sandfort as its lead independent director, effective June 23, 2022. 

Sandfort succeeds Matthew C. Diamond, who has had the role for the past four years.

Sandfort, who joined Genesco’s Board in 2021, will continue to serve on its Audit and Compensation Committees, and Diamond will remain on the Genesco Board.

“We are pleased to announce Greg’s appointment as our next lead independent director,” said Mimi E. Vaughn, Genesco’s Board chair, president and CEO. “He brings more than 40 years of strategic retail leadership to our Board with a deep understanding of customer dynamics, the ability to successfully lead business transformations and expertise in capital allocation. I look forward to working with Greg as we continue to build on Genesco’s footwear-focused strategy.”

Vaughn added, “I would also like to thank Matt Diamond for his impactful leadership during extraordinary times as our lead independent director these past four years. Our company is in a better place because of Matt, and I look forward to continuing to work with him as a valuable member of our Board.”

Sandfort joined the Genesco Board in 2021. He served as CEO of Tractor Supply Company from 2016 to 2020 and as a member of its Board of Directors from 2013 to 2020. 

Sandfort held various senior leadership roles at Tractor Supply, including president and CEO from 2012 to 2016 and president and chief operating officer from February 2012 to December 2012. Following his retirement, he served as a strategic advisor and consultant to Tractor Supply from January to August 2020.

Sandfort previously held senior leadership roles with Michaels Stores, Inc., including president and COO from 2006 to 2007 and executive vice president, general merchandise manager from 2004 to 2006. Sandfort has been a director of WD-40 Company since 2011 and its lead independent director since October 2020. He is a former director of Kirkland’s, Inc.

 Photo courtesy Gregory A. Sandfort