Lowe’s Companies Inc. has Sandra B. Cochran, 57, to its board of directors. Lowe’s board now has 13 members, 12 of whom are independent.

“Sandy brings a combination of strong leadership and retail experience, as well as tremendous financial acumen to Lowe’s, and I am pleased to welcome her to our board of directors,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “Her executive-level financial experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue our transition from a home improvement retailer to an omni-channel home improvement company.”

Cochran is the president and chief executive officer of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.  She joined Cracker Barrel as chief financial officer in 2009 and was named president and chief operating officer the following year.  Cochran was named to her current position in September of2011.  She was previously chief executive officer of Books-A-Million Inc. from 2004-2009.

Cochran will serve on the Governance and Compensation committees.  She will stand for election at Lowe’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

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