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Retailers, Wholesalers, and Manufacturers of Hardware, Building Supplies, Kitchen & Bath, Paint & Decorating, Lawn & Garden, and Other Allied Products.


June 2019


Benoit Alain is president and chief executive officer of Atis Group, a window and door manufacturer. Previously, he led the PRO division at Cascades.

Mary Winston is interim chief executive officer of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. She was recently appointed board member and has many years of experience in finance and accounting including at Family Dollar Stores Inc. and Giant Eagle, Inc.

Thomas D. Schmitz is vice-president and chief accounting officer with Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. He has been with the company for more than 14 years in several financial roles, most recently as corporate controller.

Kristin Cavallari, CEO of lifestyle brand Uncommon James, TV personality, and author, is now also the brand spokesperson for Daltile, a manufacturer of tile and countertops. Cavallari leads a campaign – called ‘Design Your Life’ – spotlighting fashion forward products in the company’s portfolio. The print campaign debuted in May and the collaboration will continue throughout the rest of the year with in-store materials, public appearances, and digital and social campaigns.

Doug Wilcox .is president and chief operating officer of Gesco ULC, a Canadian-based national floor covering distribution company. He joined the company 11 years ago and has served as director of operations. Paul Green is president and chief revenue officer. He joined the company 21 years ago and has served in several senior roles within multiple departments. Tammy Tramble is director of marketing and national accounts at Shnier, a Gesco ULC company. Previously, she was director of national accounts. She has been with the company for eight years.

Henkel North America Mike Olosky is regional president in North America and regional head of adhesive technologies for North America and Latin America at Henkel. He joined the company in 1995 and has served as president of Henkel Asia-Pacific and head of innovation and new business development.

Home Depot
Richard McPhail will become vice-president and chief financial officer of the Home Depot, effective August 31. Currently, he is senior vice-president of finance control and administration. He has been with the company since 2005.

Home Hardware
Home Hardware Stores Limited has realigned merchant responsibilities for its hardlines categories. Dave Martin is director, merchandise hardlines; Mike Morin is merchandise manager, plumbing core; Marg Raycraft and Krista Hacker are associates, plumbing core; Cathy Shulist and Jason Wick are associates, hand tools/sporting goods; Shelley Wagner and Dick Tibben are associates, plumbing – fashion; Richard Sweeney is merchandise manager, power tools/outdoor power equipment; Leeanne Wilson, Greg Goetz, and Rob Kowalik are associates, power tools/outdoor power equipment; Jason Schierholtz is merchandise manager, hardware; Heather Babcock, Nicole Woeschka, and Ben Parkhouse are associates, hardware; Jim Solomon is merchandise manager, cleaning/organization/paper products; Leah Miller and Lauren Campbell are associates, cleaning/organization/paper products; Brian Straus is director, merchandise hardlines; Mike Zuk is merchandise manager, seasonal; Jacqui Friedmann, Danielle Zmija, and Thomas Todd are associates, seasonal; Doug Psutka is merchandise manager, furniture; Tammy Porter is associate, furniture; Sandy Jordan is merchandise manager, paint; Anita Desjardins, Adam Clark, and Ann Metzger are associates, paint; Mike McClennan is merchandise manager, lawn and garden; Lisa Jordan and Ryan Harrington are associates, lawn and garden; Tammy Wallace is merchandise manager, housewares; Krista McKay and Carly Ruhl are associates, housewares; Karen Bender and Perrin Smith are merchandise associates – floaters; Derril Linseman is merchandise manager, electrical; Marg Herron and Barb Smith are associates, electrical; Jason Boshart is merchandise manager, HVAC/automotive; Trish Fawcett and Landon Hall are associates, HVAC/automotive; Sharon Huver is merchandise manager, appliances; Jaime Wick and Cynthia George are associates, appliances; Todd Cressman is merchandise manager, general merchandise; Krista Gromeder and Brenda Poole are associates, general merchandise. Home Hardware has also realigned its LBM merchandise manager roles. Susan Ryan is merchandise manager – millwork, a newly created role; Mark Pardue is merchandise manager – building materials; Doug Shantz is director, merchandise, LBM; Tracey Sheehan is administrative assistant, merchandise LBM; Terri Grant is pricing analyst, merchandise, LBM; Brian Grant is commodity manager Ontario, forest product; Bonnie McBeth and Harry Nederpelt are commodity traders, forest product, Ontario; Ben Parsons and Rick Chambers are commodity traders, forest product, western; Francois Lauzon is commodity trader, forest product, Quebec; Julie Walters is commodity trader, forest product, Atlantic; Kirk Ellis and Tina Rode are co-ordinators, building materials; Andrew Dickson, Terry Reid, and Kim Gerry are associates, building materials; Jim Fulmore is co-ordinator, millwork; Jennifer Byers-Mackenzie, Melanie Tindall, and Matt Robinson are associates, millwork; Ron VanRootselaar is merchandise manager, cabinetry and flooring; Lisa Meyer and Cathy Kelly are co-ordinators, cabinetry and flooring; Sandy Hamilton is merchandise manager, allied products; Tina Daquano and Andrew Coghlin are associates, allied products; Daniel Verville is merchandise manager, Quebec; Stephane Boyer is co-ordinator, Quebec; and Melina Roch is associate, Quebec. Sean MacCormack is chief financial officer. A 25-year finance veteran of Canadian retail, he has worked for companies such as Loblaw Companies Limited and Sears Canada. Chris Parsons is director, eCommerce marketing. He has 15 years of digital marketing experience. Michael Gawtrey is director, loyalty and CRM – pro and consumer. He was previously senior director, consulting for Relation1. Gino Gualtieri is vice-president, information technology. He has over 25 years of experience in the information technology field across a number of retail organizations. Darrin Noble is vice-president, store operations and Burford Paint & Home Products. Previously, he was vice-president, general manager Burford Paint & Home Products. He has more than 35 years of experience in the paints industry.

Steve Muise is territory sales manager for western Ontario with Isoloform Group. Previously, he was project co-ordinator and inside sales representative at Vicwest.

Howard C. Heckes is president and chief executive officer of Masonite International Corporation. He brings more than three decades of leadership, operational, sales, and marketing experience to the role.

Roseburg Forest Products has restructured its commercial organization under Ashlee Cribb, senior vice-president – chief commercial officer. New roles include Jim Buffington as business general manager; Tom Wardach as director of national accounts; and Phil Pierot as business director, composites and decorative, with business responsibility for particleboard, medium density fiberboard, TFL, and hardwood plywood. Dawn Garcia, director marketing, and Rick Whitmore, interim leader of supply chain and logistics, will join Cribb, Buffington, and Wardach to lead the commercial team. Gary Hayes is business manager of softwood plywood and lumber businesses at Roseburg Plywood And Lumber. Previously, he was business manager for distribution.

Mark LaRonde is distribution centre manager for TIMBER MART, responsible for the Mount Forest, ON, facility. He has experience in sales, operations, and business development and has worked at Wellsco International and PrimeSource. Barry McCartney is senior commodity trader, Ontario. He has more that 25 years of experience trading lumber, plywood, and OSB products in Ontario with companies such as Taiga Building Products and Tembec. TIMBER MART’s lumber-trading team now consists of six commodity traders located across the country.

Travis Perkins
Nick Roberts is chief executive officer of Travis Perkins, the parent company of British DIY chain Wickes, effective August 5. Previously, he was with Atkins, an engineering consultancy.

Jo Hallas is chief executive officer of Tyman plc, a supplier of engineered components to the door and window industry. Previously, she was business group director at Spectris plc. John Ashton is chief financial officer. Most recently, he was interim group chief financial officer of Nomad Foods Limited.

World And Main
Eric Gundersen is senior director, home environment, with World and Main, a distribution company. For over 20 years, he has worked in the field of product management and earned his experience and knowledge in companies such as American Standard, Masco Bath, and, most recently, Blanco America.

December 2018


Patrick Coyle is vice-president, logistics and supply chain planning, with Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS). He brings more than 15 years of experience in executing end-to-end supply chain programs, driving continuous improvement initiatives, and leading organizational change. Most recently, he served as senior director of supply chain, Americas, at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Darin Harvey is executive vice-president, supply chain. Most recently, he served as vice-president of integrated supply chain at Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.


Mary Winston is interim chief executive officer of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. She was recently appointed board member and has many years of experience in finance and accounting including at Family Dollar Stores Inc. and Giant Eagle, Inc.

David Scheltgen is with the outside sales team at Coast Distributors (Nanaimo) Ltd. His territory will be northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. He has been working in the shipping/receiving department at the Nanaimo distribution centre for the last two years. Will Dugger is part of the outside sales team. He will be responsible for the central British Columbia region. He has many years of experience in sales and management positions, including 20 years with Sherwin-Williams.

Ivana Nardone is rFOIL customer service representative at Covertech. She replaces Christine Rose, who is retiring. Sheldon West is Canadian sales manager. He replaces Peter Clarke, who is also retiring. West has five years of experience in the Canadian insulation industry. Both Rose and Clarke will remain with the company until the end of December to ensure a smooth transition.

James M. Field will be president, worldwide construction and forestry division, with Deere & Company. John C. May will be president, worldwide agriculture and turf division ‒ global harvesting and turf platforms, ag solutions, Americas and Australia. Mark von Pentz will be president, worldwide agriculture and turf division, global tractor and hay and forage platforms, Europe, CIS, Asia, Africa. Raj Kalathur will be senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief information officer.

Amber Skymer is senior product manager at Derby Building Products Inc., manufacturer of the Tando and Novik brands of exterior cladding. In this role, she will develop and lead programs targeting the builder, contractor, architect, and designer. She will also serve as its lead on market knowledge for competitive products and categories. Most recently, she worked as category manager at Wolf Organization. John Vukanovich is vice-president of marketing. In this role, he will oversee and implement marketing programs to support the rapid growth and expansion of the Tando and Novik brands of stone and shake. He has over 20 years in the building industry with leading brands including Ply Gem/Mitten, Royal Window and Door, Selkirk, and Canadian Fireplace Manufacturing.

Sarah Wielens is marketing manager at EAB. She has many years of experience in the marketing field, most recently as a freelance strategic and tactical marketer.

Frank T. Ross
Brett Shepherd is national sales manager at Frank T. Ross, manufacturer of the Weldbond and Nature Clean brands. Previously, he was national accounts and broker manager at WD-40 Company (Canada) Ltd.

Kathleen Carroll has been appointed senior vice-president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) with Grainger. She has more than 25 years of HR experience, most recently at First Midwest Bank, where she served as executive vice-president and CHRO.

Peter J. Chatel has been named chief executive officer of Johnson Level and president of Hultafors Group North America. Previously, he was a member of the senior executive team who led the turnaround of Senco Brands resulting in the successful transition of the business from private equity to Kyocera. Hultafors Group acquired Johnson Level & Tool in April.

Leana Salamah is vice-president, marketing with the International Housewares Association (IHA). She has 20 years of experience in marketing, including trade show, association, and event marketing.

John Linker is executive vice-president and chief financial officer (CFO) at JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. He joined the company in 2012 and currently serves as senior vice-president, corporate development and investor relations.

Seemantini Godbole is chief information officer with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. She currently serves as senior vice-president, digital and marketing technology, at Target Corporation. She brings more than 25 years of experience to the role.

Lumber Liquidators
Doug Clark is senior vice-president, supply chain, at Lumber Liquidators. He joined the company in 2017. His promotion is part of the company's leadership transition and succession plans.

Paul De Cock is president of the flooring North America segment of Mohawk Industries. For the past 10 years, he has served as president of the floor covering division of the flooring rest of the world segment.

Newell Brands
Christopher H. Peterson is executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Newell Brands. Over the past 25 years, he has held key senior executive roles at Procter & Gamble, Ralph Lauren, and, most recently, Revlon Inc. where he was chief operating officer, operations

Remi Lalonde is senior vice-president and chief financial officer at Resolute Forest Products Inc. Previously, he was vice-president, strategy and corporate development

Allan Selway has been promoted to Quebec/Atlantic regional manager, residential and commercial, with ROCKWOOL. He will also retain his current customer responsibilities as senior sales representative, residential and commercial. Sarah Southwick has been promoted to Ontario regional manager, responsible for leading the Ontario residential and commercial Canada sales team and being the key contact for regional accounts and local buying group representatives. Both promotions are effective January 1.

Dawn Garcia is director of marketing at Roseburg Forest Products. She joined the company in 2013 and has held various roles in marketing and communications, most recently as marketing manager.

Lonny DiRusso has been promoted to vice-president and chief information officer with RPM International Inc. Prior to this promotion, he held the position of vice-president – information technology at RPM for the past 13 years and, before that, the title of director – information technology and management information systems manager. Matthew Franklin has been promoted to vice-president – information technology. He joined RPM 20 years ago and previously held the position of senior director – IT operations. Gordon Hyde has been promoted to vice-president – operations. He began his career at RPM more than 20 years ago as vice-president – operations for Zinsser, a former RPM operating company, and subsequently held similar positions at RPM and its wood finishes group before joining RPM specialty products group in 2015.

Pierre-André de Chalendar is chief executive officer of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, effective January. As well, Benoit Bazin is chief operating officer; Armand Ajdari is vice-president, research and development; Julie Bonamy is vice-president strategy; Patrick Dupin is senior vice-president, CEO northern Europe region; Javier Gimeno is senior vice-president, CEO Asia-Pacific region; Laurent Guillot is senior vice-president, CEO high performance solutions; Benoit d’Iribarne is vice-president technology and industrial performance; Thomas Kinisky is senior vice-president, innovation and chairman North America; Claire Pedini is senior vice-president, human resources and digital transformation; Laurence Pernot is vice-president communications; Guillaume Texier is senior vice-president, CEO southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa region; and Antoine Vignial is corporate secretary, in charge of corporate social responsibility.

Randal D. Lewis is senior vice-president and chief operating officer, a newly-created position at Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. He joined the company 13 years ago and served most recently as president, consumer products group.

Kurt Norlen is national procurement manager for TIMBER MART. He has over 20 years of industry experience and five years of experience purchasing for TIMBER MART. Previously, he was building material procurement manager for western Canada.

Carey Martin will be chief human resources officer at Whirlpool Corporation, effective March 1. Currently, she is vice-president of global human resources. She will succeed David Binkley, who plans to retire. Binkley has held the position since 2004.

Cirissa Sellars is senior category strategy manager at Wolseley Canada Inc. Previously, she was sourcing manager.