Genesco names new finance head

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Thomas George, CFO, Genesco
Genesco named Thomas A. George as CFO.

Genesco Inc. has made it permanent — at least for a couple of years.

The footwear retailer named Thomas A. George as  senior VP-finance and CFO, effective October 20, elevating his role from the interim position he has held since December 2020 following the resignation of Melvin G. Tucker. He is expected to serve in this position through at least March 2024.

George previously served nine years as CFO of global footwear company, Deckers Brands, where, during his tenure, the company doubled its revenue and increased its market capitalization fourfold. 

Earlier in his career, George was CFO of Oakley, the global eyewear brand. He served in the same capacity at companies in the technology and medical device industries. 

"Given his extensive background and footwear experience, Tom is uniquely qualified to be Genesco's CFO. Tom has made significant contributions since joining Genesco late last year,” said Mimi E. Vaughn, board chair, president and CEO. “He is an exceptional leader, and his strategic insight, strong financial leadership, and comprehensive knowledge of the footwear industry have been invaluable as we navigate through the end of pandemic. Tom is a valued member of the Genesco management team, and we very much look forward to working with him as we drive value executing our footwear focused strategies, namely accelerating digital and omnichannel, reshaping our cost structure and growing the branded side of Genesco's business."

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Based in Nashville, Genesco sells footwear and accessories in more than 1,435 retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Little Burgundy, Schuh, Schuh Kids, Johnston & Murphy.