Ace Hardware has appointed Kirk Armstrong to the position of vp/distribution and supply chain innovation. Armstrong will report directly to Lori Bossmann, evp/chief supply chain officer.
Along with his team, Armstrong will be responsible for overseeing Ace’s distribution, traffic and corporate engineering operations.
Armstrong joins Ace Hardware from Owens & Minor, a leading health care distributor and solutions provider, where he served as svp/operations and supply chain. From 2003 to 2011, Armstrong worked at Essendant, a business products distributor, in several senior distribution operations and logistics positions. Prior to joining Essendant, Armstrong spent 13 years at Grainger in positions of increasing responsibility, lastly as region vice president, distribution operations.
“We are pleased to welcome Kirk to Ace as our new vp/distribution and supply chain innovation,” said Bossmann. “Our company was built on a commitment to being the best wholesaler so that our great independent owners can focus on what they do best, being the most helpful hardware stores on the planet. We remain intensely focused on enhancing our supply chain and believe Kirk will help us achieve that vision.”