Dollar General Corporation Announces CEO Transition Plan
Jul 12, 2022
Todd Vasos to Transition from CEO to Special Advisory Role Effective November 1, 2022; Jeffery Owen Named as Successor
To assist in the transition of leadership, Vasos is expected to serve in a senior advisory position beginning November 1, 2022, and continuing through April 1, 2023, at which time Vasos will retire from employment with the Company. Vasos is expected to enter into a two-year consulting agreement and continue to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors following his retirement from the Company.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Todd for his many years of service to Dollar General, his outstanding leadership, commitment to our values and dedication to the Company, its employees, customers, communities and shareholders. Todd led Dollar General through a period of significant transformation, accelerated growth and innovation. We are a stronger, more resilient, and longer term strategically driven organization than when he took the reins in 2015. DG is a better company today as a result of Todd’s leadership,” said Michael Calbert, Chairman of Dollar General’s Board of Directors. “The Board is looking forward to continuing this strong trajectory under the leadership of Jeff Owen, who is a strategic thinker, strong collaborator and proven leader known for his motivational leadership and deep knowledge of DG.”
Vasos has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since June 2015. He joined Dollar General in 2008 as Executive Vice President, Division President and Chief Merchandising Officer and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2013 until being named CEO. During Vasos’s tenure as CEO, the Company expanded its store base by approximately 7,000 stores, added nearly 60,000 net new jobs, increased annual sales revenue by more than 80%, and more than doubled its market capitalization to approximately $58 billion. Vasos was named a Most Admired CEO by Nashville Business Journal in 2021 and currently serves on the boards of directors for Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and KeyCorp.
Under Vasos’s leadership, the Company created and delivered on key strategic initiatives including self-distribution of frozen and refrigerated goods (DG Fresh), as well as various non-consumable initiatives, including its newest retail concept pOpshelf, and significant digital expansions. He also led DG’s efforts to expand the availability of fresh produce to more than 2,300 stores, launched the DG Private Fleet driver program, opened 16 additional distribution centers, and most recently, announced the Company’s planned expansion into Mexico.
During Vasos’s tenure as CEO, DG was named to Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies List in 2020 and 2022; Forbes Top 25 Responders to the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020; Mass Market Retailers Magazine’s Retailer of the Year in 2019 and 2020 and recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for its workplace inclusion efforts in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
“Serving my fellow employees, our customers and our communities as CEO has been the greatest privilege of my career,” said Vasos. “Together, we ushered in an era of unrivaled growth while staying true to our mission of Serving Others. Today, we are so much more than a dollar store, proudly serving millions of Americans as their neighborhood general store. Having worked with Jeff for many years, I am confident in his leadership abilities and capability to lead Dollar General into our next chapter of growth and service.”
Owen assumed Dollar General’s Chief Operating Officer role in August 2019 having previously held the roles of Executive Vice President, Store Operations from 2015-2019 and Senior Vice President, Store Operations from 2011-2014. Prior to August 2011, Owen served DG as a Vice President, Division Manager; Retail Division Manager; Senior Director, Operations Process Improvement; and Store Manager, among other roles. He began his employment at Dollar General in 1992 as a store manager trainee in a Nashville, Tennessee store. Owen is expected to be elected to serve as a member of Dollar General’s Board of Directors upon the effectiveness of his promotion to CEO. He has also served as a director of Kirkland’s Inc. since March 2015.
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to build on Todd’s incredible tenure as CEO. I am equally humbled to lead Dollar General as we continue to serve our customers with value and convenience, support the communities we proudly call home and provide our employees with career and growth opportunities,” said Owen. “For the past three decades, I’ve grown and developed within our Company, and I couldn’t be prouder to serve as CEO alongside an amazing team in our stores, distribution centers, private fleet and Store Support Center.”
During Owen’s nearly 30-year tenure with Dollar General, the Company has grown from 1,500 stores in 23 states into the largest retailer by store count in the U.S. with more than 18,000 stores and 28 distribution centers in 47 states as of April 2022.
About Jeff Owen
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff Owen is the incoming Chief Executive Officer of Dollar General, a role he will assume on November 1, 2022, upon the retirement of Todd Vasos, current CEO of Dollar General.
Jeff currently serves as Dollar General’s Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held since August 2019, with responsibility for Store Operations, Merchandising and Supply Chain. Throughout his tenure with DG, Jeff has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including Executive Vice President, Store Operations from 2015-2019 and Senior Vice President, Store Operations from 2011-2014. As the head of Store Operations, Jeff oversaw the operations of nearly 16,000 stores in 44 states along with the Real Estate, Construction and Loss Prevention departments. During his time in this role, the Company added more than 3,500 stores and increased sales by more than 35 percent. Prior to August 2011, Jeff served DG as a Vice President, Division Manager; Retail Division Manager; Senior Director, Operations Process Improvement; Store Manager, among other roles. Jeff began his career as a Dollar General store manager trainee in Nashville, TN in 1992.
Jeff has served as a director of Kirkland’s Inc. since March 2015. He is also a board member for the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center and Camp Widjiwagan in Antioch, TN.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and his MBA from Vanderbilt University, where he also played for the university’s football team. An avid outdoorsman, Jeff enjoys fishing and hiking with his family.
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