Tractor Supply Company has named Hal Lawton as its president, CEO and a member of the board of directors, effective January 13, 2020. Lawton, who is currently president of Macy’s, will succeed Tractor Supply’s CEO Greg Sandfort, who previously announced his intent to retire.
Lawton most recently served as president of Macy’s, since 2017. As president, Lawton had responsibility for all aspects of the Macy’s brand, including merchandising, marketing, stores, operations, technology and consumer insights and analytics. Previously, Lawton was svp/eBay North America from 2015 to 2017. Prior to joining eBay, Lawton spent 10 years in various leadership roles at Home Depot.
“After conducting a robust search process, the board is convinced Hal Lawton is the right CEO to build on Tractor Supply’s success and lead the next stage of the company’s growth,” said Cynthia Jamison, Tractor Supply’s chairman of the board. “Hal is a proven leader with a unique omnichannel experience to deliver on our customer’s evolving expectations as we look to the future of retail. With a strong track record of results across different companies, responsibilities and cultures, Hal has a broad base of experience in retail with a proven ability to drive innovative growth strategies. The board is delighted to welcome Hal to the role and believes he is the right person to extend the remarkable track record of success under Greg’s leadership.”
Sandfort will remain with the company through February 29, 2020, and then serve as advisor until August 31, 2020, to ensure a seamless transition. He will serve out his term on the board until May 7, 2020.