Major, Lindsey & Africa has been retained on an exclusive basis to conduct a search for a General Counsel for our client, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (AFI) to be located in its Tampa, Florida “retail” headquarters. Founded 1945, AFI is a family-owned home furnishings manufacturer and retailer that distributes home furniture products globally. With 25,000 employees, 900 Ashley HomeStores and 13 manufacturing facilities worldwide, in the last 10 years Ashley HomeStore has become the #1 selling furniture store brand in the world, and #1 retailer of furniture/bedding in the U.S.
The General Counsel will have a seat at the table with the senior executive team. The successful candidate will have at least 15+ years of legal experience; prior relevant in-house experience as a General Counsel or strong Deputy General Counsel with strong business focus on risk analysis and mitigation; and proven leadership/management skills to oversee a department of at least seven attorneys interacting regularly with international legal staff. The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, or a technical field; strategic vision’ and the ability to oversee commercial contracts, regulatory/legal compliance, e-commerce, transportation/logistics services, labor and employment, litigation management, trademarks, licensing, M&A, and government affairs. Retail or manufacturing experience, as well any international experience is a plus but not required.
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