George Sherman is the current chief executive officer of Gamestop. What does it take to become the leader of one of the most well-known electronics chains in the United States? Board members of Gamestop saw the qualities they were looking for in George Sherman. He joined the team in 2019 and continues to lead the company through the murky days of the pandemic when businesses are failing left and right. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about him that might inspire you if your goal is to move up to executive leadership.
1. George Sherman is a seasoned veteran
Mr. Sherman has been in the retail industry for over 25 years. When many people are getting set to retire after putting in their 20 years, he's just getting warmed up. Although he's just been on the job for a little over a year, George is making good progress in getting the company headed in the right direction, according to Gamestop's official website.
2. He is educated
George graduated from high school, then continued his education. He knew the importance of getting an education to prepare him for working in the business world. He completed his bachelor's degree. Mr. Sherman wanted to prepared for a career in higher leadership positions. He continued his education at Central Michigan University where he earned his master's degree. Mr. Sherman is highly educated and well prepared for his role in executive leadership.
3. Mr. Sherman is a military veteran
George has done a lot in his life. He finished his college education and he also made the time in his life to serve his country. He joined the United States Air force where he served in the capacity of an officer. He served in the military for almost seven years of his life. This shows that he is patriotic and he fulfilled his duty to serve his country instead of moving straight into his career in business.
4. George Sherman supports worthy causes
George is also active in his community. He volunteers his time to help those who need assistance. He is a member of the board of directors for the organization Building Homes for Heroes. This is an agency that builds homes for disabled American veterans. The homes are mortgage-free and they are made uniquely for the needs of each veteran that will live in the home. Mr. Sherman has a big place in his heart for DAVs and the work that he does on their behalf is all-volunteer without compensation.
5. This isn't his first CEO job
George Sherman has some impressive experience under his belt. Before he came to GameStop, he was the chief executive officer of Victra. Victra is an authorized Verizon Wireless retailer that has risen to become the largest company to exclusively sell Verizon products according to his Linkedin page. He worked in the job from January 2017 to the present, spending 4 years in its Raleigh, North Carolina headquarters.
6. He worked for Target
George Sherman joined the Target retail giant in 1996. He was hired as the Regional Vice President of Target Stores. He served in this position until 2002. He left his post after leading Target for 6 years, to accept another job that represented a step up in responsibility.
7. Sherman was employed at Mervyns
Most of us are familiar with Mervyn's department stores. George Sherman left his position as Regional Vice President of Target to accept a job as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Mervyns. He started there in 2002 and remained with Mervyns until 2005, leaving after serving the company as a leader for 3 years.
8. Sherman worked for The Home Depot
George Sherman left his job at Mervyns to accept a portion as the Senior Vice President of Home Services for The Home Depot, one of the largest hardware and home building retail companies in the United States. He joined The Home Depot in 2005 and served in executive leadership until 2009. He left the position after being there for four years.
9. George also worked for Best Buy
Sherman left The Home Depot to accept a Senior VP job with Best Buy in June of 2009. This position helped him to yet further diversify his already impressive career portfolio. He stayed in the job for 3 years and 10 months. He left the job to accept a position at another company that offered yet more responsibility, in March of 2013.
10. George Sherman followed a solid career-building strategy
Sherman set an excellent example of how to build a solid career in the retail industry. He graduated from high school, then fulfilled the necessities for completing his education, including a bachelor's degree and a Master's degree. He also served in the military as an officer for 7 years. Through these years he gained a great deal of experience and gained some leadership skills. He built an impressive resume without significant gaps to explain. He left one position to move on to another with equal or increasing responsibility. He left his job at Best Buy in March of 2013 and started as the President of Advance Auto Parts in April of 2013. This is an example of how he left one job to move up, but without gaps in his employment record. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in the retail sales industry can use the example that he set to emulate. He has a stellar track record that shows a dedication to his career and a high degree of dependability. George Sherman has arrived in a good place in his career. After more than 25 years in retail sales leadership, he has attained a strong reputation. Over the past few days, GameSpot stock has taken a turn for the better. With the recent good fortunes of the wildly insane increase in GameSpot stock, he is in an exceptional place indeed.
Written by Allen Lee
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