MRO Magazine

New president in place at Canadian industrial distributor

Toronto, ON -- Sean O'Brien has been appointed president, Acklands-Grainger Inc., with responsibilities of the...


September 16, 2009
By MRO Magazine


Toronto, ON — Sean O’Brien has been appointed president, Acklands-Grainger Inc., with responsibilities of the oversight of the company’s business operations. He succeeds and reports to Court D. Carruthers, who became senior vice president and president, Grainger International, earlier this year.


Acklands-Grainger, the Canadian subsidiary of Grainger International of Chicago, IL, had revenues of US$728 million (C$773 million) in 2008.



“Sean’s energy and experience will help drive continued success in the Canadian maintenance, repair and operating supplies (MRO) market,” said Carruthers. “We have worked closely together over the past two years and during that time Sean has developed a broad understanding of the unique capabilities of Acklands-Grainger — providing great service and unmatched MRO product breadth and depth to customers who maintain, repair and operate facilities.”


O’Brien joined Acklands-Grainger as vice-president sales in November 2007 and has led several key initiatives in business services, inventory solutions, training and sales effectiveness. Earlier this year, he took on additional responsibilities for e-business and marketing.


“I look forward to building upon our momentum in Canada and leveraging our scale in industrial, safety and fastener products to continue our lead within the Canadian MRO market,” said O’Brien. “Getting our customers the products they need while saving them time and money, especially during this global economic slowdown, is essential to how we add value.”