Fort Worth’s Tandy Leather Factory Expands Board with Appointment

By adding Diana Saadeh-Jajeh to its board of directors, Tandy is expanding the board from seven to eight members. Saadeh-Jajeh has previously held CFO posts at Ryvid Inc. and GameStop.

Fort Worth-based Tandy Leather Factory Inc. has appointed Diana Saadeh-Jajeh to its board of directors, expanding the board from seven to eight members.

“Diana brings to our board a wealth of finance and consumer products executive experience, including as a licensed certified public accountant,” CEO Janet Carr said in a statement. “We expect that following our annual stockholders meeting June 4, Diana will also assume the role of chair of Tandy’s Audit Committee, replacing Elaine Crowley, who is retiring. Elaine has been a tremendous asset to our board, capably leading us through the challenges of the last three years, and we can’t thank her enough for her service. With Diana’s exemplary experience, we expect a seamless transition.”

Saadeh-Jajeh has served since October 2023 as EVP-CFO and Chief Operating Officer at Ryvid Inc., a company that promotes the accessibility of light electric mobility platforms.

Before joining Ryvid, she was with Grapevine-based GameStop, a leading specialty retailer in the field of gaming and entertainment, serving as EVP and chief financial officer, SVP and chief accounting officer, and interim chief financial officer. Prior to GameStop, she was VP-global finance operations and business transformation at JUUL Labs Inc.

“I’m honored to join the board of Tandy Leather Factory, a cornerstone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over a century. I look forward to working with the management team and board members contributing to Tandy’s future success,” Saadeh-Jajeh said.

Tandy Leather Factory is a specialty retailer of leather, leatherworking tools, buckles and adornments for belts, leather dyes and finishes, saddle and tack hardware, and do-it-yourself kits. It distributes its products via 101 North American stores in 40 US states and six Canadian provinces, and one store located in Spain.

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