La-Z-Boy has recently announced the appointment of Aaron Thomas Brown as Vice President Strategy and Analytics. Brown joins the company from consulting firm BCG, where he worked for more than 13 years, in his last role as Chicago Partner and Managing Director. Brown will report directly to Kurt Darrow, President and CEO of La-Z-Boy.
Furniture manufacturer La-Z-Boy, established by cousins Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker in 1928 in Monroe – Michigan, produces residential furniture, including recliners, sofas, stationary chairs, and sleeper sofas. The company employs more than 11,000 people, and its estimated revenue is $2 billion.
Recently, La-Z-Boy appointed Aaron Thomas Brown as its Vice President Strategy and Analytics, a newly created function. Brown will lead strategic planning across the firm to elevate corporate performance and drive increased sales and profitability. He will also be responsible for financial analytics related to the support, optimisation and growth of the company’s wholesale and retail divisions. Brown will report to Kurt Darrow, President and CEO of La-Z-Boy. “We are delighted Aaron is joining the company. He brings with him a wealth of experience in strategic planning for consumer goods and retail companies that spans across many disciplines designed to drive operational excellence and improvements,” comments Darrow. “I am confident his expertise will be an asset to our company as we build out the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries footprint across North America while leveraging our integrated retail strategy.”
Brown joins La-Z-Boy after a 13 year career at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he leaves as Partner and Managing Director of the Greater Chicago Area. In this capacity he focused on consumer goods & retail, sales, distribution, and operations strategy. Brown managed numerous engagements, and developed growth strategies and corporate development agendas. Brown also served as a Consultant Development Advisor, and was involved in BCG’s recruiting programme. Prior to working for BCG, Brown worked for Motorola for almost three years. Brown holds a B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and an MBA, from the University of Michigan.