Ace Hardware Corporation has promoted Jack Murphy to director of sales for Ace Global Distribution (AGD), Asia, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op announced. AGD is the retail distribution arm for Ace International.
In his new position, Murphy will direct the AGD sales teams in Oak Brook and Shanghai, China, while also working closely with Ace members and the AGD merchandising teams. Responsibilities will include management of global foreign-to-foreign sales and spearheading future initiatives to promote AGD Asia’s worldwide sales growth.
Murphy, 40, most recently served as international regional manager for Asia Pacific, where his responsibilities included growing the Ace brand globally via retail development initiatives and various wholesale strategies. He previously served as a district manager for Ace and once owned and operated an Ace store in Forest City, N.C.
“Jack has a wealth of sales and retail knowledge, culled from his own experience as an Ace retailer and several key management positions,” said Murray Armstrong, president and general manager of Ace International. “He is aware of the strategies needed to help us grow our international sales, particularly in Asia’s emerging markets.”
Murphy graduated from the U.S. Air Force Leadership School and holds a degree in management and operations from Loyola University, Chicago. He will report to Armstrong.