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Mimi Vaughn named Genesco COO

May 2, 2019 United States
Mimi Vaughn named Genesco COO
The US-based company announced Mimi Eckel Vaughn as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective from the 1st of May. In addition to her new role, Vaughn will continue as Chief Financial Officer until someone else is appointed
Genesco Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Robert J. Dennis commented: "Mimi has been a key contributor in the growth and expansion of the company, and more recently her leadership as CFO was invaluable as we sold the Lids division. Moving forward as a footwear-focused company, Mimi's vision, strategic insight and financial acumen in combination with her deep understanding of all Genesco's businesses and of the markets in which they operate, will serve the Company well.  With our active CFO search narrowing in on a few great candidates, I look forward to working with Mimi in her new role, along with the entire Genesco management team, as we work together to sustain and enhance the company's positive momentum."

Vaughn, a 15-year veteran of the company, joined Genesco as Vice President – strategy and business development in 2003, was promoted to Senior Vice President – strategy and business development in 2006, and was named Senior Vice President – strategy and shared services in 2009. In this role, she was responsible for strategy development for the Company and for growth initiatives and acquisitions. She also led shared services, including information technology, corporate logistics and human resources.  She assumed the CFO position in February 2015, and leads all finance-related activities, including financial planning, reporting and analysis, accounting, treasury and tax functions.

Prior to joining the company, Vaughn was Executive Vice President of business development and marketing and acting Chief Financial Officer for Link2Gov Corporation in Nashville, and she held several positions in other companies such as McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs & Co., Wasserstein Perella & Co., and Drexel Burnham Lambert. 

Vaughn received a bachelor of science degree in foreign service and international economics from Georgetown University magna cum laude and earned a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School where she graduated with distinction.

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