Raphael Richmond promoted general counsel at La-Z-Boy
La-Z-Boy Incorporated, operating globally in residential furniture, announced that Raphael Richmond (pictured), Senior Director of Corporate Compliance and Employment Law, will succeed Stephen K. Krull as Vice President and General Counsel, effective April 25, 2021, concurrent with the company’s new fiscal year. She will also hold the role of Chief Compliance Officer. In a related move, Uzma Ahmad, Senior Director of Corporate Law and Assistant Secretary, has been appointed Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, also effective on April 25, 2021. Krull previously announced his retirement and will work with Richmond and Ahmad to ensure a smooth transition.
As the Company’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Richmond will be La-Z-Boy’s chief legal officer, responsible for managing the overall legal and compliance functions for the company. Ahmad will be responsible for corporate and securities law for the company, reporting to Richmond, while also working closely with the La-Z-Boy Board of Directors on corporate governance matters.
She joined La-Z-Boy in April 2019 as the Senior Director for Corporate Compliance and Employment Law, with responsibility for the company’s ethics and compliance program, employment law counseling, and employment and commercial litigation. Richmond brings a wealth of experience, with more than 20 years in the automotive industry specializing in employment law, complex litigation, corporate and securities regulation, corporate investigations, and ethics and compliance.
As corporate and securities counsel for Ford Motor Company, Richmond was responsible for the company’s financial disclosures during the 2008 financial crisis; in 2013, she was promoted to the role of Global Director of Compliance. In that role, she developed innovative ethics and compliance training for Ford that significantly increased employee engagement, and became a frequent presenter at ethics and compliance conferences. Richmond is a member of the federal bar for the Eastern District of Michigan, and State Bar of Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree with highest distinction from the University of Michigan, and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.