Susan Lanigan serves as Chico’s FAS Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Lanigan has 25 years of professional experience and more than 15 years of business experience in the retail industry, including serving as Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Dollar General Corporation before entering public service.
Ms. Lanigan most recently served as Chair of the Tennessee Education Lottery Commission, a position to which she was appointed by the Governor of the State of Tennessee and approved by the State Legislature in 2014.
Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Dollar General Corporation from 2002 to 2013. Among other accomplishments at Dollar General, Ms. Lanigan worked with senior management and the Board in strategic planning and growth initiatives during a time when the company grew from 5,000 to over 10,000 stores and from $11 billion to approximately $18 billion in revenues. During her tenure at Dollar General, Ms. Lanigan gained extensive experience overseeing major corporate transactions, including guiding the Company through a $7 billion leveraged buyout, a subsequent initial public offering and Dollar General’s return to public company status via an IPO. She worked extensively with the Dollar General Board on identifying and recruiting qualified independent directors. She had responsibility for the global import compliance program for the Company, as well as the compliance models for introducing the retail stores into new states and for introducing new products in the stores.
Prior to Dollar General, she was General Counsel for Zale Corporation. During her tenure at Zale, she oversaw two major acquisitions. She had direct involvement with strategic planning as well as identifying and cultivating new business opportunities, such as the launch and ultimate sale of a private consumer credit bank.
Prior to Zale, she was in-house counsel at Turner Broadcasting.
Ms. Lanigan began her career as a litigation associate at Troutman Sanders law firm. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law and cum laude from the University of Georgia.