Susan S. Lanigan

Susan S. Lanigan

Class of 2015

Susan Lanigan has over thirty years of professional experience as a senior executive of three publicly-traded retail companies and as a current member of the boards of directors of two publicly-traded companies, and a private ESOP-owned consumer products company.

Since June of 2016, Ms. Lanigan has served on the board of Kirkland’s Inc., a retailer of home décor, including furniture, accessories and gifts. She is chair of the compensation committee and a member of the nominating and governance committee.

She has served since 2017 on the board of Simmons First National Corporation, a financial holding company, with over $18 billion in assets, offering services through locations in seven states.  She is chair of the nominating and governance committee and a member of the executive, compensation, risk, and compliance committees.

She joined the board of Vi-Jon, Inc., in 2020. Vi-Jon is an employee-owned private label manufacturer in the health and beauty industry.  She is chair of the nominating and governance committee and a member of the compensation committee.

In 2014, Ms. Lanigan was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to the Tennessee Education Lottery Commission. She became chair of the Commission in 2015.  The Tennessee lottery is a multi-billion-dollar education lottery corporation. S.he retired from this position in May of 2021

Susan Lanigan retired in 2018 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Chico’s FAS, a temporary position she assumed in 2016 to assist in a proxy contest. Before that, she was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Dollar General Corporation. She retired from Dollar General in 2013, after 11 years with the company.

During her retail career, Ms. Lanigan managed significant stock and asset acquisitions, a  leveraged buyout, subsequent public offerings, successfully defending a proxy challenge, an SEC investigation and settlement, and day-to-day SEC, legal and board compliance.

Prior to joining Dollar General, Ms. Lanigan served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Zale Corporation. Ms. Lanigan started her career as a litigation attorney for Troutman Sanders, LLP in Atlanta, GA. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, and cum laude from University of Georgia.