Furniture company La-Z-Boy announced Raphael Richmond, senior director of corporate compliance and employment law, will succeed Stephen Krull as vice president and general counsel, effective April 25 (the start of the company’s new fiscal year). Richmond will also hold the role of chief compliance officer.
In a related move, Uzma Ahmad, senior director of corporate law and assistant secretary, has been appointed vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, also effective April 25. Krull previously announced his retirement and will work with Richmond and Ahmad to ensure a smooth transition.
In her roles, Richmond will be La-Z-Boy’s chief legal officer, responsible for managing the overall legal and compliance functions for the company. Ahmad will be responsible for corporate and securities law, reporting to Richmond while also working closely with the La-Z-Boy board of directors on corporate governance matters.
The company also announced moves in the finance and accounting area that will be effective at the beginning of fiscal year 2022. Robert Lucian will assume the chief financial officer role, and Lindsay Barnes, vice president, corporate controller, chief accounting officer and treasurer, will become vice president, finance and treasurer, succeeding Lucian. Jennifer McCurry, director of financial reporting, has been appointed vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer, succeeding Barnes.
In Barnes’ new role, reporting to Lucian, she will be responsible for leading all financial planning, forecasting, budgeting, and analysis to strengthen business processes across the finance team and organization. McCurry, who will also report to Lucian, will lead the corporate accounting function and be responsible for setting global accounting policy. In addition, she will oversee the company’s external financial statement audit, implementation of new accounting standards, and regulatory compliance.