J. Paul Raines (IE' 85) will discuss his journey from Georgia Tech graduate to CEO of GameStop at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the IMPACT Speaker Series.
Titled "From North Avenue to GameStop," Lockhart's lecture will be held in LeCraw Auditorium of the College of Management building (800 West Peachtree Street). The event is free and open to the public.
Organized by Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, the weekly IMPACT Speaker Series brings notable business executives, high-tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and intellectual leaders to the College.
Prior to becoming CEO of GameStop in June 2010, Raines had served as chief operating officer of the company since 2008. Raines and his team have led the transformation of GameStop into the leading multichannel player in video gaming – building online platforms, download and streaming technologies, and maintaining world class retail-store operations. Operating in 17 countries across Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States, Gamestop is one of the most global retailers in the world.
Prior to joining GameStop, Raines spent eight years with The Home Depot in various management positions in retail operations, including serving as executive vice president for U.S. Stores and president of the Southern Division for the Atlanta-based company. He also has extensive international expertise covering Latin America, Asia and Europe. Prior to The Home Depot, he spent four years in global sourcing for L.L. Bean and 10 years with Kurt Salmon Associates in their consumer products group. Raines currently sits on the Board of Directors of Advance Auto Parts.