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July 30, 2014

General Cable Corp.'s board of directors has elected Ned Hall as its seventh independent director, filling the vacancy created by Robert Smialek's retirement. He will also serve on the board's Nominating and Governance Committee.

July 30, 2014

Muskegon, Michigan-based energy-efficient lighting company EarthTronics has named Tripp Smith to the post of VP sales. Smith brings over 30 years of lighting experience to bear on his new role, in which he will be charged with increasing sales opportunities and profit, as well as expanding market share in North America.

Over 22 years of his career were spent at GE Lighting, where he performed in various sales and leadership capacities in the company's retail and commercial lighting businesses.

July 29, 2014

Briggs & Stratton announced Tuesday that Shaunna Balady had joined the Wisconsin-based company as SVP corporate development.

July 29, 2014

Michael Costello has been named senior VP finance and treasurer of Gilbane Building Company, which provides construction and facilities-related services. He will be based out of the company’s Providence, Rhode Island, headquarters and will lead the Finance organization for the company.

July 29, 2014

Sears Canada has added EVP and operating chief Klaudio Leshnjani to the board of directors, following the sudden passing of H Ronald Weissman.

July 29, 2014

Online home furnishings company Wayfair has added e-commerce expert Romero Rodrigues to its board of directors.

Rodrigues, a 36-year-old Brazil native, is currently global CEO at South African company Naspers, which acquired his company Buscape in 2009 for $374 million.

“E-commerce is an exciting, fast growing market sector in the world's economy and Wayfair is poised to be a major player in that growth,” Rodrigues said. “I am delighted to join Wayfair's board of directors and look forward to contributing to the company's continued success.”

July 28, 2014

As part of its continued growth strategy, Williams-Sonoma made several organizational changes to its management team.

Chief marketing officer Pat Connolly has been elevated to chief strategy and business development officer. Connolly will work closely with senior management to refine the company’s long-term strategy, including the development of new businesses, and the evaluation and execution of acquisitions and alliances that can provide significant growth. 

July 25, 2014

Todd Dickson has been named CEO at Cincinnati-based home improvement company Champion Home Exteriors, which spans more than 70 locations nationwide.

Dickson will be replacing James Mishler, who has been leading the company as CEO since 2012.

July 25, 2014

Walmart named Greg Foran president and CEO of its U.S. stores division to replace Bill Simon, who is leaving the company after an eight-year run.

July 24, 2014

Homebuilder AV Homes has appointed Chris Cady as the new president of its Arizona division. Arizona is one of the Scottsdale-based company’s two main markets, with other developments focused on Florida.

"We are delighted to have Chris Cady join us at AV Home,” AV Homes EVP Carl Mulac said. “His vast experience in multiple markets and diverse market segments will be a valuable addition to the Arizona Team."

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

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 16, 2014

The National Retail Federation issued a statement from senior VP government relations David French on the introduction of The Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act, which was introduced by Senators Michael Enzi, Richard Durbin, Lamar Alexander, Heidi Heitkamp, Susan Collins and Mark Pryor.

French’s statement reads:

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.