Furniture industry celebrates influence of women power

Published on : Monday, January 13, 2020

WomenInc. Magazine honors three La-Z-Boy’s board of directors as the Most Influential Corporate Board Directors of 2019. Sarah Gallagher, Janet Kerr and Lauren Peters are on the annual list, which recognizes women executives, influencers and achievers contributing leadership to corporate boards.


Gallagher joined the La-Z-Boy board in 2016. She also sits on the board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and serves as an executive advisor of FitforCommerce. She previously served as executive chairperson of the Rebecca Taylor women’s fashion brand, where she was interim CEO. She was also president of Ralph Lauren North America e-commerce and president of Ralph Lauren Media.


Janet Kerr has served as a La-Z-Boy director since 2009. She is currently vice chancellor of Pepperdine University and professor emeritus of the Pepperdine University School of Law. She founded and served as executive director of the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law at Pepperdine Law School. Kerr also founded several technology companies. Lauren Peters joined the La-Z-Boy Board in 2016. She currently serves as executive vice president and CFO of Foot Locker. Peters began her career at Arthur Andersen & Co. before moving to May Department Stores, where she became division vice president and assistant controller.



“Sarah, Janet and Lauren have made significant strategic contributions to La-Z-Boy as the company navigates its way through a dynamic industry landscape, enters new distribution arenas and positions itself for ongoing profitable growth,” said La-Z-Boy Chairman, President and CEO Kurt Darrow in a release. “We congratulate all three on this honor and important distinction.” He added that Rebecca O’Grady had joined the La-Z-Boy board this past summer. O’Grady most recently served as president of Global Häagen-Dazs and chief marketing offer for international marketing, e-commerce and consumer insights at General Mills. She previously served as president of the Yoplait USA division. At General Mills, O’Grady held leadership roles in a variety of divisions and brands, including Yoplait, Cheerios, Progresso and Betty Crocker.




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