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MRO products distributor W.W. Grainger adjusts corporate structure and roles of executives

Chicago – W.W. Grainger Inc. has modified its structure to provide greater focus and a more consistent integrated approach to pursue growth opportunities. The industrial distribution firm, which focuses on maintenance, repair and...


Chicago – W.W. Grainger Inc. has modified its structure to provide greater focus and a more consistent integrated approach to pursue growth opportunities. The industrial distribution firm, which focuses on maintenance, repair and operating products, has formed a new Americas business that includes Canada, the US, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru. This will be led by Court Carruthers, senior vice-president and group president, Americas. Carruthers previously served as senior vice-president and president, Grainger, US, and before that, was president of Acklands-Grainger, the company’s Canadian operation based in Richmond Hill, ON.

DG Macpherson, senior vice-president and group president, Global Supply Chain and International, will lead Grainger’s emerging operations, which include the company’s high-potential businesses in the large economies of Brazil, Europe and Asia, as well as its supply chain, company strategy and the single-channel online business model the company currently operates in Japan and the US and plans to expand globally.  Macpherson’s prior role was senior vice-president and president, Global Supply Chain and Company Strategy.

These changes are effective immediately.

“Over the last year, we have brought greater focus to our company strategy, clarifying how we will compete — through both a multichannel model and online model — as well as where we will compete, including mature and growth markets,” said Jim Ryan, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “These changes help position our business to win now and in the future by increasing our focus and driving more integration across the organization.”

As part of the changes, Mike Pulick, previously senior vice-president and president, Grainger International, is leaving Grainger at the end of September to pursue a chief executive role at another company.