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July 18, 2014

Michael H. McGarry, currently executive VP of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PPG Industries, has been appointed to the post of chief operating officer.

McGarry will have executive oversight responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT), environment, health and safety (EH&S), and purchasing functions. He will remain based at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh and will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.

June 11, 2014

Ace Hardware Corporation hired Karen Fedyszyn as VP of information technology (IT) and chief information officer.

Reporting to Ace’s CFO, Fedyszyn will play an integral role in driving strategic technology and systems management for Ace to shape business functions and deliver significant return on investments, the co-op said.

March 17, 2014

Tractor Supply Company has named Robert Mills SVP and CIO, succeeding James Callison upon his planned retirement. He will also serve on the company's Executive Committee.

February 25, 2014

Atlanta -- True Value Co.'s Special Order App for mobile devices is putting more power into the hands of retailers, according to the co-op.

What began as a concept about 18 months ago, the True Value mobile ordering app is now in its sixth month of operation. It's in use at about 1,800 retailers making thousands of orders, said Rosalee Hermens, VP and chief information officer for True Value. 

February 20, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation has elected Geraldine "Gerri" Elliott, EVP and chief customer officer at Juniper Networks, to its board of directors.

January 29, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. announced that Tim Miller will replace John Snider as VP retail logistics.

The executive tranistion officially takes effect March 24, with Snider's retirement date set for June 30.

December 12, 2013

Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply, operator of 450 branches in 45 states, named Tony Vaden as chief information officer.

Vaden replaces Kathy Hendricks, who moved to a newly created post as executive director of customer connectivity for ABC Supply.

Vaden is an award-winning veteran of the information technology industry, and he will oversee all aspects of the information technology systems that support the company’s computing needs. 

December 11, 2013

Kathy Hendricks, who had overseen ABC Supply’s information technology function for 28 years, most recently as VP and chief information officer, has been named to the newly created position of executive director of customer connectivity.

In her new role, she will lead ABC Supply’s strategic initiative to design, develop and implement the new information technology services and solutions that will connect ABC Supply to its customers and make it easier for its customers to run their businesses.

December 2, 2013

True Value Co.’s information technology team earned recognition from the Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Society for Information Management (SIM)

Chicago-based True Value took home the 2013 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Award in the large company category.

The program consists of a nomination phase, a qualifying and detailed application process, and a peer panel of judges who score each team.

August 16, 2013

Having a social media policy -- and training employees to follow it -- are critical practices for every organization. Even if your company is not using social media, you still need a policy because your employees are using it in their private lives and they need guidelines to protect your interests and your organization’s reputation.

Before creating a social media policy, employers should decide what they want to get out of social media, advises Eric Meyer, a partner in the labor employment law group of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

July 8, 2013

Home automation services provider Vivint appointed Todd Thompson as the company’s new chief information officer, responsible for companywide information technology (IT) functions.

January 22, 2013

The year 2012 brought numerous headlines about data breaches from organizations nationwide. Common threats to business data include intruders hacking into a computer system or network, remotely installed malware, lost or stolen laptops or data storage devices, insider threats, accidents and natural disasters.

December 27, 2012

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware promoted Karen Gravelin to the position of VP corporate administration.

Gravelin, 56, joined Rocky’s Ace Hardware in September 2011 as director of human resources. In her new role, Gravelin will be responsible for information technology, organizational development and training in addition to human resources, payroll and benefits.

October 9, 2012

Ply Gem Windows will expand its facility in Rocky Mount, Va., adding 200 jobs and upgrading new extrusion tooling, equipment, products and information technology. The Cary, N.C.-based manufacturer of residential and light commercial window and patio doors expects to complete these capital investments at its Rocky Mount plant by the end of 2014.

New hires will include such jobs as unit assemblers, coordinators, value stream leaders, process owners, process engineers, technicians and IT support.

June 6, 2012

Progressive Solutions, a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for producers, manufacturers and distributers in the lumber and building materials industry, has announced an agreement to be purchased by Solarsoft Business Systems, a London-based information technology firm. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

December 20, 2011

Ace Hardware appointed John Venhuizen chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Venhuizen has spent nearly two decades with Ace and most recently served as executive VP supply chain, information technology (IT) and international. In this position, he helped grow the number of Ace stores around the world, as well as create a variety of successful support and incentive programs for retailers.

December 13, 2011

Do it Best Corp. added to its leadership team at its Fort Wayne, Ind., world headquarters.

The co-op promoted Scott Liggett to Application Development Manager within its Information Technology division. Liggett will guide the company’s continually expanding efforts to enhance their offerings of mobile applications and technological efficiencies in supply chain management.

August 8, 2011

Ken White arrived at Handy Hardware in May with a clear-cut mandate and straightforward goals. Specifically, get Handy’s information technology program back on track, and put the company on path for growth.

July 26, 2011

Tech provider eCommerce Industries Inc. (ECI), a leader in industry‐specific information technology solutions, arranged for Jim Morris to deliver the keynote address at Connect Conference 2011, a national users’ meeting for their software solutions. 

The conference will be held Nov. 1 to 3, 2011, at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

June 2, 2011

San Marcos, Texas-based lumber and hardware retailer McCoy’s Building Supply was listed by IDG’s CIO Magazine as one of the top 100 companies that is using information technology to deliver a competitive advantage.

The 24th annual CIO 100 award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in IT.

May 23, 2011

Lowe’s has announced plans to hire up to 300 information technology professionals, including 150 new positions, the company said. The new hires will join the team of more than 1,000 full-time IT professionals currently at Lowe's.

May 17, 2011

Chicago-based True Value Co. hired a new chief information officer responsible for leading the co-op's information technology team and managing the co-op's retail and enterprise systems.

Prior to joining True Value, Rosalee Hermens was CIO for The Timberland Co.

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