Hal N. Pennington, president and CEO of Genesco, is taking on the additional function of chairman of American company’s board of director. He succeeds in this role Ben Harris, who will continue as a director and a consultant. Pennington has served in numerous roles at Genesco since he joined the company in 1961. A public statement says he has proven himself as a leader with a clear strategy vision since he became president more than four years ago. Meanwhile, Genesco has extended its own footwear licensing deal with Dockers until the end of 2006, with an option for a further two years.