La-Z-Boy Inc.’s outgoing general counsel, Stephen Krull, wasn’t lounging around when it came to succession planning. He began grooming two of his in-house leaders to serve as the furniture maker’s next legal boss long before he announced his retirement late last year and his forethought has resulted in a smooth, successful leadership transition. 

The only tricky part of the process was choosing between the two internal GC candidates, Uzma Ahmad and Raphael Richmond. Richmond had served as La-Z-Boy’s senior director of corporate compliance and employment law, while Ahmad was senior director of corporate law and assistant secretary.