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July 9, 2014

In their latest round of back-to-back earnings call presentations, Home Depot and Lowe’s trotted out statistics for a weather-beaten first quarter, along with insights on what worked and what didn’t.

Michael Jones stepped into the role of Lowe’s chief customer officer by stepping up to the microphone. Jones, who replaced the retiring Greg Bridgeford earlier this year, walked analysts and investors through Lowe’s performance, which saw a comp-store sales increase of 0.9%.

June 12, 2014

Jane Blain Gilbertson assumed the role of CEO and sole owner of Blain Supply and Blain’s Farm and Fleet, taking over from her brother Robert Blain who will retire June 25. 

Janesville, Wisconsin-based Blain’s Farm and Fleet was founded in 1955 and operates 35 farm and ranch locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. The company employs about 4,000.

June 3, 2014

Lumber Liquidators has taken some steps in the aftermath of the investigation it underwent last fall after an environmental advocacy group leveled chargers against the retailer, claiming it was knowingly sourcing wood from protected forests.

Among those steps is the formalization of its compliance and sustainability team, the members of which it announced on Tuesday.

March 4, 2014

Lowe's has named Michael A. Jones chief customer officer, replacing the soon-to-be-retired Gregory Bridgeford.

Effective April 30, Jones (who is currently chief merchandising officer) will transition into his new role, in which he'll be responsible for developing a customer-centric experience via design, merchandising, marketing and digital interfaces.

February 5, 2014

San Francisco-based One Kings Lane, an online destination for the home, has appointed Arun Rajan as chief technology officer. In his new role, Rajan will lead end-to-end technology delivery, data infrastructure and site operations to support the growth and evolution of One Kings Lane. 

Rajan joins alongside chief product officer David Yu, who joined One Kings Lane in mid-2013. 

January 7, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware appointed a new chief for Westlake Ace Hardware, the 85-store Midwestern chain.

Tom Knox, 59, was named president and CEO of Westlake, which is owned by the co-op -- and which is also the co-op's largest member. Knox wil be leaving his role as VP retail business development, training and supply at Ace's corporate offices and take on his new role in Lenexa, Kan.

December 23, 2013

Unofficially, Mel Gerstein’s Christmas card is one of the widest read holiday-cards-slash-political-cartoons in the entire home improvement industry.

This year’s card -- designed, written and created again by Mahwah, N.J.-based Thermwell Products President Mel Gerstein -- hit mailboxes across the country recently. Many of the usual suspects are featured, along with some new names, like NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

November 19, 2013

As part of a larger management restructuring process at the Italian furniture company, Natuzzi has hired Maria Rosaria Bonifacio to lead its human resources department as chief HR & organization officer.

Bonifacio's new role will involve the oversight and development of the company's international human resources programs.

November 7, 2013

Tifton, Ga.-based pro dealer Short & Paulk Supply recently announced that Tifton branch manager Chuck Mailloux has been promoted to chief operations officer.

As COO, Mailloux's primary goal is to support company management in Albany, Dawson, Sylvester and Tifton. Mailloux will work alongside staff to identify best practices that can be implemented throughout company locations, including improving coordination of tasks and communication efforts.   

November 5, 2013

Beacon Roofing Supply has announced the appointment of Brendan P. Daly as chief supply chain officer and Patrick G. Murphy as EVP business improvement.

October 31, 2013

Tara Poseley, the former president of Sears Holdings Corp's Kmart apparel division, has been tapped by Lululemon Athletica Inc as the company's new chief product officer.

In her new role, Poseley will lead the company's merchandising and design team. She will replace former CPO Sheree Waterson, who left in April. Following her departure, the company split the role into two jobs; Jennifer Battersby was recently hired to fill the other position of SVP sourcing.

October 18, 2013

The mailing address for US LBM Holdings is Green Bay, Wis. But don’t be fooled. The CEO lives in Ohio. The HR chief in Boston. The COO in New Jersey. And the marketing director is in Chicago.

The system of a permanent, floating headquarters is by design. “I don’t want to be handcuffed to a building,” says CEO L.T. Gibson. “One of the ways to avoid a big corporate culture is to avoid a big corporate office.”

October 14, 2013

Among the five speakers scheduled to present at the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit is Michael O'Brien, CAE, who is president and CEO of the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Assocation (NLBMDA).

At the helm of the association, O'Brien is in charge of the day-to-day as well as various strategic initiatives. He oversees lobbying, grassroots and political action campaigns for the organization, as well as operative functions such as membership services, public relations, federation relations, industry relations and financial management.

September 17, 2013

Terry L. Polistina, president of the Global Appliances division at Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., is stepping down following the completion of a months-long succession plan. He will continue to serve as a member of the company's Board of Directors.

Effective Sept. 30, Polistina will leave the company on the heels of a successful multi-year restructuring and integration of the Global Appliances business. His planned departure has made way for a new management structure at the company, per a succession plan outlined earlier in the year.

August 19, 2013

San Antonio -- Handy Hardware Wholesale has returned to normalcy -- or pretty close -- after a post-bankruptcy transition from a hardware co-operative to a for-profit wholesale distributor. 

August 5, 2013

Jerald W. Richards resigned from his position as chief accounting officer of Weyerhaeuser to become CFO of another company, according to Weyerhaeuser filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday. 

March 8, 2013

Lowe’s named José Luis Pier Castelló as president/general director of Lowe’s Mexico, effective March 15. He replaces Francisco Fernandez, who has left the company.

November 15, 2012

The former leader of the Walt Disney Co. will kick off the International Builders' Show (IBS). Also on stage: the Capitol Steps.

Former Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner will deliver the keynote address at the International Builders' Show, slated for Las Vegas Jan. 22-24.

October 26, 2012

In addition to an extensive structural makeover, dubbed "Project Renewal,"  Newell Rubbermaid president and CEO Mike Polk announced a new leadership team that includes outside appointments to several executive positions.

February 22, 2012

In his first market presentation to True Value retailers, the co-op's new VP marketing and chief customer officer Blake Fohl laid out a plan for -- what else? -- improved marketing. 

He also promised improvements to True Value Rewards (TVR).

January 10, 2012

Appliance maker Electrolux has hired Stefano Marzano as its chief design officer, a new role at the company. Marzano will lead all design-related competencies in the various business groups.

Marzano, age 62, had a long career at Royal Philips Electronics, working for 20 years as its chief design officer. Until 1998 he was a professor at the Domus Academy in Milan, and also served as a visiting professor at Politecnico did Milano, the polytechnic institute in Milan. Marzano is also the author and editor of several books on design.

January 31, 2011

It turns out the announcement earlier today by Walmart that Duncan Mac Naughton would serve as head merchant of the company’s U.S. division was but one component of a more extensive shakeup at the company.

November 23, 2008

Three LBM trade associations will join together early next year in Florida for a conference...

August 24, 2008

Greg Zipadelli, crew chief of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...