At the start of its next fiscal year, on Feb. 2, 2020, Genesco will be promoting Mimi Eckel Vaughn from senior vice president and chief operating officer to president and chief executive. She will be succeeding Robert J. Dennis, who has spent nine years as chairman and 11 as president and CEO. He is relinquishing two of his three titles, retaining that of executive chairman. Dennis oversaw Genesco's acquisition of Schuh in 2011 and the divestiture of Lids Sports Group early this year. Vaughn joined the board of directors on Oct. 30. She has been with the company since 2003, serving successively as vice president of strategy and business development, senior vice president of strategy and shared services, chief financial officer and – once Mel Tucker took over as CFO – chief operating officer. Before Genesco, Vaughn worked at McKinsey as a consultant and at Link2Gov Corporation as executive vice president of business development and marketing and acting CFO. In related news, Genesco will be retaining Matthew C. Diamond, former chief executive of Alloy Media and Alloy Inc., as its lead external director. The company has also appointed Brent Baxter as vice president and chief accounting officer, now that Paul Williams has decided to retire after a tenure of 42 years. Williams will be smoothing the transition through the end of this year. Baxter, a certified public accountant, began his career as an auditor with KPMG before holding senior positions at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, PetSmart, Stein Mart and Sally Beauty Holdings.