Kelly Barrett joined The Home Depot in January 2003 as Vice President, Corporate Controller. In this role, she was responsible for all of the Company’s internal and external financial reporting including its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Company’s Financial Controls and Financial Systems. In 2004, she led the world’s largest finance SAP implementation, an $80 million project and co-led the Company’s successful first year compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley 404. In October 2005, she was named Vice President, Internal Audit. As Vice President, Internal Audit, she has the responsibility for one of the Company’s Leadership Programs that serves as a pipeline of talent for The Home Depot. She is also responsible for developing and executing an Audit Committee risk-based audit plan and the Company’s Enterprise Risk Management function. In April 2007, she also assumed responsibility for Corporate Compliance.
Prior to joining The Home Depot, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Cousins Properties Incorporated, where she enjoyed a very successful career for more than ten years. Cousins Properties Incorporated is a real estate investment trust based in Atlanta and traded on the NYSE. Before joining Cousins, she was an Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta where she worked for seven years.
Kelly graduated from Georgia Tech in 1986 with highest honors and first in her class, earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. She is a Certified Public Accountant. In April 2006, she was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Management’s Council of Outstanding Young Alumni which recognizes alumni for their career achievements and contributions to Georgia Tech and society.
She serves on the Board of State Bank Financial Corporation, the publicly traded holding company for State Bank and Trust Company, one of Georgia’s best-capitalized banks. She also serves on the Board of Piedmont Office Realty Trust, a Real Estate Investment Trust that is traded on the NYSE. Kelly also serves on the Board of the YMCA – Metro Atlanta including the Executive Committee and Finance Committee; she was the volunteer Treasurer. She was recognized as the YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2010. Kelly also serves on the Board of The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta where she is the Chair of the Audit Committee. Previously, Kelly served on the Board of Partnership Against Domestic Violence, where she was the volunteer Treasurer and received its Legacy Society Award in 2013. In addition, Kelly serves on the Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees and is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech’s Scheller Business School. She is also a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and serves on its Executive Committee. She and her husband, Rick, reside in Marietta, Georgia and both are recovering avid runners who now enjoy cycling and yoga. Kelly has completed four marathons, including two Boston Marathons.