Embattled hardwood flooring company Lumber Liquidators has named Jill Witter as chief compliance and legal officer. Witter will report directly to founder and acting Chief Executive Officer Thomas Sullivan.
Witter, who has been consulting and advising the company's compliance team since early July, brings with her a deep background in compliance and legal experience in forest products. Previously, she served as general counsel at Rayonier and the forest resources division of the International Paper Company.
Witter's duties will include directing all aspects of legal matters, including complex litigation management, compliance, and compliance program development, quality assurance, and public affairs for the company. Lumber Liquidators currently is facing allegations that it sold Chinese-manufactured laminated wood products containing high levels of formaldehyde, posing serious health risks.
Ray Cotton, the company's former chief compliance officer, left the company in May, according to his LinkedIn page. Cotton joined Lumber Liquidators in 2013 as vice president of global security and risk. In February 2014, he was named chief compliance and sustainability officer, before being promoted to senior vice president and chief compliance officer in September 2014.