Dollar General Corp.’s former senior vice president of finance and strategy, John Garratt, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer. This promotion became effective Dec. 2, 2015, following the period during which Garratt acted as Dollar General’s interim chief financial officer, which began in June 2015. Garratt has been a part of the Company since October 2014.
Additionally, Anita Elliott, senior vice president and controller at Dollar General since 2005, has been appointed chief accounting officer. Elliott will report to Garratt in his role as chief financial officer, effective Dec. 2, 2015.
“I’m pleased to announce John’s appointment to chief financial officer. He is an accomplished executive with significant financial experience. As interim chief financial officer, John has already played a key role as we look to implement our zero-based budgeting process and execute our new store growth. We look forward to his future contributions at Dollar General,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.
“During her 10 years at Dollar General, Anita has consistently demonstrated her leadership and accounting expertise. She is uniquely qualified to serve as our chief accounting officer,” Vasos continued.
Garratt will oversee all aspects of the Company’s financial and information technology operations. Prior to joining Dollar General in 2014, Garratt held various positions of increasing responsibility in the finance organization of Yum! Brands between May 2004 and October 2014, and held leadership positions in corporate strategy and financial planning. Most recently, he was vice president, finance and division controller for KFC. Prior to Yum! Brands, Garratt served as Plant Controller for Alcoa from April 2002 to May 2004. He also spent three years with General Electric in various financial management roles with increasing responsibility. He started his career at Alcoa where he worked for approximately nine years from May 1990 to March 1999. Garratt holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and an MBA in finance and strategy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Prior to joining Dollar General in August 2005, Elliott served as vice president and controller at Big Lots Inc. Previously, Elliott was vice president and controller for Jitney-Jungle Stores of America Inc., a grocery retailer. Elliott is a certified public accountant. She also practiced public accounting for 12 years, a portion of which was with Ernst & Young LLP. Elliott is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she received both her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees.