Former Stock exec joins start-up company

Jess Brown, a Wolseley veteran who worked at both Stock Building Supply and Ferguson Enterprises, has been named VP and chief information officer at RelaDyne, a provider of lubrication products and services for equipment management. 

Brown spent nearly 24 years with London-based Wolseley, holding positions with the global building materials supplier, as well as its U.S. units. At Ferguson, Brown held a variety of technical and business operations positions. Most recently he was involved in optimizing Ferguson's SAP computing platform, as well as establishing programs to gather market intelligence, gauge customer service and establish regional administrative services. Earlier, he was director of business operations.

At Stock Building Supply, where Brown worked from 2008 to 2009, he developed common business processes to facilitate system utilization. Prior to this, Brown was director of Software Applications at the Wolseley Group, from 2004 to 2008. He began his career at Ferguson in 1987 as a support analyst, and steadily rose through the ranks to the position of director of information technology from 2001 to 2004.

RelaDyne, headquartered in Cincinnati, provides integrated equipment reliability management products and services for industrial, commercial, transportation and automotive businesses in the United States. It was formed in November 2010 when four companies -- Mid-Town Petroleum, Oil Distributing Co., The Hurt Co. and Pumpelly Oil Co. -- joined together.