Dollar General adds foodie and financial experience to its board

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General has elected Sandy Cochran, president and CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, to its board of directors, effective December 5.

“We are excited to add Sandy to the Dollar General board of directors,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “Sandy’s extensive experience and perspective will provide us with valuable insights as we continue to grow our business. Her expertise will complement our board as we strive to build shareholder value.”

The election of Cochran to Dollar General’s board will bring the total number of directors to nine, and the total number of independent directors to five. Cochran, who has been designated an audit committee financial expert, will serve on the audit committee of Dollar General’s board. With the appointment of Cochran, Dollar General has a majority of independent directors on its board.

Cochran joined Cracker Barrel in April 2009 as EVP and CFO and was named president and COO in November 2010. She was named to her current position in September 2011. From February 2004 to April 2009, she was CEO at book retailer Books-A-Million. She also served as that company's president, CFO and VP of finance. Cochran has 20 years of experience in the retail industry. She is a director of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., and served as a director of Books-A-Million from 2006 to 2009.

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