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Former HD buyer leaves Chrysler

BY HBSDEALER Staff

John Campi, the former senior vp–global sourcing and vendor management at Home Depot, is leaving Chrysler after less than a year on the job, the Associated Press reported. Campi, who resigned for health reasons according to an internal company memo, is the second high-ranking executive to quit the car manufacturer in four days, the wire service said.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Chrysler sat down with its key suppliers last week to discuss continued shipments as it appeals to the U.S. Congress for emergency loans. Campi’s resignation was announced at this meeting, the newspaper said.

Campi worked with Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli at Home Depot, where the latter served as chairman, president and chief executive until Jan. 2, 2007. Both men are former G.E. executives. Home Depot announced Campi’s resignation on Jan. 15, two weeks after Nardelli’s departure.

At Chrysler, where Campi served as senior vp-purchasing, the executive emphasized cost reductions and directed a lot of sourcing toward overseas suppliers, according to a  World Markets Research Centre report. He also oversaw “a newly litigious atmosphere that saw Chrysler file suit against several suppliers for issues that would previously have been worked out at a high level between the two companies, at worst,” the analysis said. 

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AHMA revamps Hardlines Technology Forum

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The 2009 Hardlines Technology Forum, scheduled for April 19 to 22, 2009, will feature a revised format, new topics and special sessions with Do it Best, Lowe’s and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Sponsored by the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA), the Hardlines Technology Forum will be held in downtown Philadelphia, on the 33rd floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Sessions will be divided into two levels: “basic understanding” and “deep dive.” Standard topics like data synch and EDI and data quality will be joined by new sessions such as “Scorecarding, Measurement, KPIs,” “Sarbanes-Oxley” and “Data Security for Filing Sharing — A Practical Gude.” 

Executives from three retail/wholesale companies — Do it Best, Lowe’s and  the Army and Air Force Exchange Service — will give insights in separate sessions on how to do business with their companies. Hannah Smalltree, editorial director of TechTarget.com’s Enterprise Applications Media Group, will moderate the annual Buyer’s Panel, where leading hardlines executives reveal their IT plans for the upcoming year.

For more information about the 2009 Hardlines Technology Forum, visit www.ahma.org/htf.

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Plum Creek names new vp-Montana operations

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Plum Creek Timber has promoted Tom Ray to vp-Montana operations. In his new role, Ray will oversee Plum Creek’s 10 manufacturing operations, one of which is in Meridian, Idaho. He will also oversee management of the company’s timberland resources in Montana. Ray will continue to be based in Columbia Falls and will report to Hank Ricklefs, vp-northern resources and manufacturing.

“For years, Tom has been an integral part of Plum Creek’s management team in Montana,” said Ricklefs. “Tom has extensive experience integrating our forestry activities with our manufacturing plants and has the expertise to successfully guide Plum Creek’s manufacturing business through these challenging times.”

Ray joined the Seattle-based company in 2001 when it merged with the Timber Co. (formerly part of Georgia-Pacific). Prior to his new position, he served as general manager, northwest region. He was also a business analyst and resource manager for Northern California lands. He has a bachelor of science degree in forest engineering from Oregon State University.

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