Alan J. Lacy is the former vice chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Sears Holdings Corporation, which was created through the combination of Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co in 2004. At its formation, the company generated approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, had 3,800 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada and had 450,000 employees. He previously served as chief executive officer of Sears, Roebuck and Co., beginning in October 2000. In December 2000, he also was named chairman of the board of directors. He left Sears in 2006. Since leaving, he served as Senior Adviser to Oak Hill Capital Partners, L. P. (2007-14), where he was involved in several investments. Before joining Sears, Lacy served in a variety of leadership positions at Kraft Foods, Inc. and Philip Morris Companies, Inc. (Kraft’s parent company after 1988).
He is a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Dave and Buster's Entertainment, Inc. and is a trustee of Fidelity Funds. He also is a trustee of the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and a member of the Advisory Board of the Big Sur Land Trust.
Previously, Lacy served as a member of the Business Roundtable, a director and member of the Executive Committee of the National Retail Federation and a director of The Western Union Company. In addition, he has served as a trustee of The Field Museum of Natural History, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden and a trustee, and former chairman, of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Lacy graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Management and earned an MBA from Emory University. He and his wife, Caron, have homes in Lake Forest, Illinois and Carmel, California.