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July 23, 2014

Julie Lyle, chief marketing officer for Indianapolis appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg, has been named the 2015 chairperson for the Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA) Advisory Board.

As chairperson, Lyle will lead the GRMA Advisory Board and play a key role in the development of the organization’s strategic initiatives and thought leadership. Lyle succeeds Brian Beitler, EVP and chief marketing officer, David’s Bridal, who served as chairman from 2012 to 2014.

July 23, 2014

Exterior building products manufacturer Ply Gem appointed Eric Spence senior VP sales and marketing for the Ply Gem Windows group.

In this newly created role, Spence is responsible for expanding Ply Gem Windows’ sales and marketing efforts, aligning the two functions under one common structure. He reports to Ply Gem Windows president Art Steinhafel, and is located at the Ply Gem corporate and windows group headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. 

July 22, 2014

Lexington, Kentucky-based Tempur Sealy International has promoted Barry Hytinen to the title of EVP corporate development and finance.

"Barry's contributions to Tempur Sealy have been significant and broad reaching," said president and CEO Mark Sarvary. "In particular, his leadership was critical to all aspects of the transformative Sealy acquisition and integration. On behalf of the board of directors and our entire company, I am pleased to congratulate Barry on his well-deserved promotion."

July 22, 2014

When a local television station in Chicago broke a story earlier this month about workers picketing over a company’s bathroom policy, John Fitzgerald, VP marketing at Chicago Faucets found the story interesting.

“The company was the WaterSaver Faucet Co.,” Fitzgerald said. “We compete with them in a niche area of faucets, and I’m always interested in what my competitors are doing. I had no idea that a few days later, our own company would mistakenly become the subject of that story.”

July 22, 2014

The Charlotte Business Journal awarded Steve Hagood the ‘CIO of the Year’ in recognition of his significant contributions to Ingersoll Rand’s bottom line. Hagood is the VP and chief information officer for Ingersoll Rand.

Hagood develops and executes Ingersoll Rand’s information technology (IT) strategies. His innovative use of IT to optimize business processes, enable growth, and create competitive advantage and a better IT customer experience helped him secure this prestigious honor. 

July 18, 2014

Barrington, Illinois-based EcoPlanet Bamboo Group has nabbed three former Weyerhaeuser executives in its latest hiring spree.

Of these, former Weyerhaeuser Solutions president Marvin Risco has been named group president. He has held multiple positions at Weyerhaeuser over the years, ranging from financial director for Weyerhaeuser Forestlands International to VP international operations in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

July 18, 2014

Electrolux president and CEO Keith McLoughlin reflected on the company's progress during the second fiscal quarter, pointing to prospects for growth.

However, net sales decreased by about 4.9% year-over-year, totaling $26.3 billion for the three-month period. That decrease was slightly smaller for the six-month period -- 2.0%.

Meanwhile, the company posted a net loss of $92 million for the quarter. For the first six months, the company's net income of $339 million compares to net income of $1.003 billion for the same six-month period last year. 

July 18, 2014

Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse, the hardlines distributor acquired by Ace Hardware Corp. in February, announced the new hire of Charles Chibante as VP of Sales.

Chibante comes to Emery-Waterhouse bringing over 20 years of experience in retail, operations, marketing and leadership, including 13 years with Wal-Mart in various leadership positions, as well as eight years as a partner in a family owned and operated construction company.  

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 PPGs 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 PPGs global headquarters in Pittsburgh and will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.

July 17, 2014

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation added Mike McCormick as VP warehouse solutions and Bill Buckhout as director of leasing and remarketing. McCormick and Buckhout have more than 40 years of combined industry experience.

July 16, 2014

Loudon, Tennessee-based Iron Doors Unlimited has named Matt Hocutt as its newest national sales manager, effective July 7.

Hocutt will be leading the company's sales team in his new position, driving go to market sales and execution strategies for driving growth in the company's trade, retail and wholesale channels.

July 16, 2014

The board of directors at the Sherwin-Williams Company elected Matthew Thornton III as its newest member.

Effective July 16, Thornton will join the board as its tenth director, as well as a member of its audit committee.

July 15, 2014

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.-based CertainTeed Corporation has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation.

The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company is contributing roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the United States.

July 14, 2014

Marion, Iowa-based Legacy Manufacturing appointed Marco Laubach as director of product development.

July 14, 2014

The board of directors at Vulcan Materials Company has named Thomas Hill as its new president and CEO. He has also been elected as the company's newest board member.

In his new role, Hill will take the place of Donald James, who will remain on board as executive chairman. Hill was most recently serving as EVP and COO.

July 11, 2014

Atlanta-based HD Supply launched a refreshed brand approach that is described as a simplified and unified approach to representing the industrial distributor’s business units and their areas of expertise. 

July 11, 2014

Appliance parts distributor Marcone Canada hired Peter Szachlewicz as its first president. 

Marcone Supply, the company's U.S. counterpart, established a presence in Canada with its 2010 buyout of APWagner. Since that time, Marcone Canada has experienced growth in both its retail and wholesale operations, the company said, selling authorized OEM appliance parts, HVAC components and property maintenance supplies.

July 11, 2014

In accordance with its recent expansion in joining forces with Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. added five new members to its board of directors.

July 9, 2014

Cristina Bowerman, VP communications and member services with the Construction Suppliers Association, earned the Certified Association Executive credential.

The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. 

July 9, 2014

Wallingford, Connecticut-based Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens turned to an 18-year veteran of the home products industry to lead its marketing efforts. 

The company announced the appointment of Philip D. Zaleon as its new marketing director. In his new role, Zaleon will orchestrate the company's multichannel marketing initiatives.

July 9, 2014

Steve Mahurin has left Orchard Supply Hardware, where the veteran home improvement merchant and retail industry executive held the title Chief Retail Officer.

According to the San Jose, Calif.-based retailer, Mahurin’s position was eliminated as the company transitions to a focus on operations and expansion. 

July 9, 2014

The National Retail Federation performed an internal shuffle, first by hiring Paul Martino as VP and senior policy counsel and second by promoting Beth Provenzano to VP for Federal Government Relations.

July 8, 2014

Sears Holdings has hired Kristin Coleman as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary, where she will oversee the Legal, Corporate Communications, Environmental Services, Global Compliance, Government Affairs, Internal Audit and Product Safety business units.

"I am pleased Kristin is joining our leadership team. She is a proven leader with experience managing legal, compliance and corporate governance issues," said Edward Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO.

July 7, 2014

Chelsea Building Products has hired Matthew Coulson as its research and development engineer specializing in proprietary PVC formulations. As part of Chelsea’s research department, Coulson will focus on the continued improvement of their PVC and composite PVC formulations.
 

July 7, 2014

Paul Johnson, president of Interiors One Inc., Carpet One in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been elected chairman of the board of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). He fills the role vacated by Janice Clifton of Abbey Carpets in Napa, California.