Retailer Tractor Supply Hires Noni Ellison as New Legal Chief

Dec. 11, 2020, 7:15 PM

Tractor Supply Co., a retailer for farmers that operates nearly 2,000 stores, has named Noni Ellison as general counsel to replace the retiring Ben Parrish.

Ellison will start Jan. 11 and Parrish will assist with the transition through the end of March when he retires, according to multiple company statements.

“I am thrilled to join Tractor Supply Company and the leadership team. My vision for TSC’s legal team is to continue to provide the support necessary to enable TSC to build on its successful track record of growth and exceptional service to its customers and communities,” Ellison said in an email to Bloomberg Law.

Before joining Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply, Ellison was general counsel and chief compliance officer of medical device company Carestream Dental in Atlanta.

Ellison joins Tractor Supply as it reports increased sales in 2020 and the opening of dozens of more stores during the coronavirus pandemic. The company reported $190.6 million in net income in the third quarter, up from $122.1 million in the same period in 2019.

Since a 52-week low of $63.89 in March, Tractor Supply’s stock price has more than doubled to $137.59 as of Friday morning.

Ellison previously worked for industrial supplies company W.W. Grainger Inc., media conglomerate Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and mass media company Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., now owned by Discovery Inc.

She began her career with Vinson & Elkins and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Parrish announced his retirement in October after a decade with the company. He’ll receive his base salary of about $610,000 plus $10,000 per month during the transition, according to an agreement Tractor Supply filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in October.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ruiqi Chen in Washington, D.C. at rchen@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com;
John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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