Melinda Whittington, La-Z-Boy

Melinda Whittington, Chief Financial Officer La-Z-Boy.
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Melinda Whittington, Chief Financial Officer La-Z-Boy.

Melinda Whittington brings 30 years of experience to her role as Chief Financial Officer at La-Z-Boy Inc. In this role, she leads the global finance and accounting team responsible for external reporting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, internal audit, treasury and risk management and the tax function.

Most recently, she served as Chief Financial Officer for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, where her responsibilities included accounting and external reporting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, internal controls, treasury and tax. Allscripts is a publicly traded company in healthcare information technology solutions with annual revenues of approximately $1.6 billion, based in Chicago.

Prior to that, Whittington was Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (now the Kraft Heinz Company). Kraft was one of the North America's largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies with annual revenues at that time of more than $18 billion prior to the merger. There she led a team of employees responsible for external reporting, shared accounting services, treasury, financial planning and analysis, overheads and tax.

From 1993 to 2014, Whittington held various finance leadership roles at Procter and Gamble including Finance Director, Global Home Products; Finance Director, North America Home Care and Global Surface Care Brand Franchise; Finance Director, Corporate Accounting; and Associate Finance Director for Global Business Services. Her roles included international experiences in Belgium and Costa Rica.

Melinda currently serves on the board of the United Way of Lake County, Illinois and is a member of the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Accounting Advisory Board.

Whittington is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio State University, earning her bachelor of science in business administration. She is also a certified public accountant.