Genesco taps Nissan exec as new general counsel

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Genesco taps Nissan exec as new general counsel

By Dan Berthiaume - 10/16/2019
Scott E. Becker
Scott Becker

Genesco is naming a veteran legal executive with automotive and retail experience to serve as general counsel.

The global specialty retailer has appointed Scott E. Becker as senior VP, general counsel, and corporate secretary of the company, effective Oct. 23, 2019. He succeeds Roger Sisson, who retired from Genesco earlier this year.

Becker joins Genesco with more than 30 years of legal, financial and administrative leadership experience. He comes to Genesco from Nissan Group of North America and Latin America, where since 2006 he served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. Since 2009, he was a senior VP with responsibilities for Nissan's legal, government affairs, finance, strategy and administration. 

During this time, he served on the executive management committee and as a member of the boards of directors of Nissan North America Inc., Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation ("NMAC"), Nissan Canada Inc., and Nissan do Brasil. Becker's responsibilities included oversight for all legal affairs and government relations for Nissan in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America. In addition, he served as lead administrative and financial officer for the region. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Nissan's general counsel, corporate secretary and VP, legal and government affairs.

Becker joined Nissan from Sears Holdings Corp., where he served in various legal roles from 2000 to 2006. He began his legal career with several Chicago area law firms.

"Scott brings a wealth of legal, financial and strategic experience to the Genesco senior executive team,” said Robert J. Dennis, Genesco chairman, president and CEO. “His broad background and leadership as a chief legal officer coupled with his global experience, especially in the areas of corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance, real estate, labor and employment, and litigation, will be valuable strategic assets to the company as we build upon Genesco's recent success and drive future value as a footwear-focused company."

Genesco Inc. is a Nashville-based specialty retailer with more than 1,490 retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Schuh, Schuh Kids, Little Burgundy, and Johnston & Murphy.

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