Former Sears exec heads to Knipex Tools

Stephanie Kaleta

Former Sears executive Stephanie Kaleta has been tapped by Knipex Tools LP to serve as key account sales manager.

Kaleta's new role will involve directing sales and marketing plans for key accounts in the company's retail and industrial channels.

“We are pleased for Stephanie to join Knipex Tools in this very important sales position," said VP sales Todd Shumate. "As we continue to increase our staff to support our customer base, it is a great opportunity for Knipex Tools to be able to bring aboard someone with Stephanie’s talents and qualifications."

Previously, Kaleta was the senior buyer for hand tools and electrical for Sears Holdings Corp. There, she was tasked with driving sales and margins for Sears and Kmart on a national level, with a particular focus on the pliers category. She also partnered with suppliers like Knipex and Craftsman during her time at Sears.

She has a total of over 20 years of retail experience, ranging from retail store management to inventory management, buying and merchandising.

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