Robert J. Dennis Bio
Robert J. Dennis
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Bob Dennis was named chairman of Genesco in April 2010, adding to his existing responsibilities as president and chief executive officer. He had served as president and chief executive officer since August 2008 and president and chief operating officer since October 2006, when he also became a director of the Company
Dennis, who became chief executive officer of Hat World, Inc. in 2001, was named a senior vice president of Genesco in June 2004 following the Company’s acquisition of Hat World and was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Genesco in October 2005.
A 27-year retail veteran, his experience includes a senior position with Asbury Automotive from 1997 to 1999. From 1984 to 1997 he was with McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm, becoming a leader of the North American Retail Practice and a partner in 1990.
Dennis holds a master of business administration degree, with distinction, from the Harvard Business School, with a focus on consumer marketing, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biochemical engineering and organic chemistry, with honors, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In addition, Dennis was named a director of Teavana Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TEA) in July 2011. He also serves on the board of directors with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Nashville Symphony, and on the Board of Visitors at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management.