Wednesday August 28th, 2013 - 9:58AM
W.W. Grainger Inc. has announced it modified its structure to provide greater focus and a more consistent integrated approach to pursue growth opportunities, and named two executives to lead the newly formed businesses.
Grainger's newly formed Americas business will include Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru. This will be led by Court Carruthers, svp and group president, Americas. Carruthers previously served as svp and president, Grainger, U.S.
DG Macpherson, svp and group president, global supply chain and international, will lead Grainger's emerging operations, which include the company's businesses 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 U.S. and plans to expand globally. Macpherson's prior role was svp and president, global supply chain and company strategy.
"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 chairman, president and CEO Jim Ryan. "These changes help position our business to win now and in the future by increasing our focus and driving more integration across the organization."