Richmond Hill, ON — Chicago-based industrial distributor W.W. Grainger Inc. has named Court Carruthers, 36, to a newly created position as president of its international businesses in Canada (Acklands-Grainger Inc.), Mexico (Grainger S.A. de C.V.), and China. Carruthers’ new responsibilities include growing and improving Grainger’s international business operations, which had sales of more than US$800 million in 2008.
“Grainger’s international opportunities to leverage its supply chain and drive increased sales and profitability are significant,” said Carruthers, currently president of the company’s Canadian subsidiary, Acklands-Grainger, Richmond Hill, ON. “I look forward to working with the Mexican and Chinese management teams to ensure that we help our customers save time and money during this global economic slowdown, while continuing to build on our success in Canada.”
Carruthers joined Acklands-Grainger in 2002 as vice-president, national accounts and sales, where he has been responsible for the company’s sales strategy and operations. He was promoted to his current position in 2006, and successfully grew sales at the Canadian business by almost 30% and operating earnings by more than 250%.
Prior to joining Grainger, Carruthers served in increasingly responsible roles at Dynamex Inc., Veredex Logistics Inc. and Purolator Courier Ltd.
He holds a bachelor of commerce degree with distinction from University of Alberta in Edmonton, a master of business administration degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and is a Certified Management Accountant. Carruthers serves as chairman of the United Way of York Region Campaign Cabinet, is a member of the University of Alberta Business Advisory Council and was a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award for 2007. He and his family live in Toronto.
Grainger is a broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Panama. It has a network including nearly 600 branches and 18 distribution centres.