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Grainger hires IT expert to support future systems growth

Chicago - W.W. Grainger Inc., a supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, has named Dr. Michael Ali as senior vice-president and chief information officer (CIO). He replaces Tim Ferrarell,...


Chicago – W.W. Grainger Inc., a supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, has named Dr. Michael Ali as senior vice-president and chief information officer (CIO). He replaces Tim Ferrarell, who has assumed the new role of senior vice-president, innovation and continuous improvement.

“Michael is a great addition to our team,” said Jim Ryan, Grainger chairman, president and CEO. “Beyond his IT expertise, Michael brings a strong global perspective to our organization. At the same time, I’m excited to have Tim take on the role of leading our innovation and continuous improvement efforts, both of which are critical to our continued success.”

Ali has extensive global experience in information technology. Most recently he was senior vice-president, application services and project management office, at US Foods. Previous to US Foods, he was CIO at Harman, where he led the upgrade of its SAP platform and implementation of a new eCommerce platform. Ali also was CIO at UK-based Jaguar Land Rover, transforming its IT organization to follow the Ford One-IT model.

With Grainger, Ali will lead the Enterprise Systems team in building flexible and scalable systems that will support the current and future needs of customers, suppliers and team members, and help drive growth for Grainger worldwide.

Ali has a PhD in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University.