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Stairway manufacturers see climbing membership

BY Ken Clark

The Fall River, Mass.-based Stairway Manufacturers’ Association (SMA) says it expects a record high turnout for its Annual Conference and Business Meeting in New Orleans, April 10-14.

The event will be held at the Hyatt French Quarter Hotel and will mark the SMA’s 25th anniversary. The SMA has seen its membership increase 30% over the past 15 months. 

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At Stanley, the CEO is elected as chairman

BY HBSDealer Staff

The board of directors of Stanley Black & Decker has announced that CEO John Lundgren has been elected to serve in the additional capacity as chairman of the board, effective March 13, following the expiration of Nolan Archibald’s term as executive chairman of the board. 

Archibald’s employment agreement with the company expires on March 12, at which time he will retire as executive chairman of the board and as an executive of the company.

“Nolan Archibald’s role in establishing the combined organization while guiding and supporting the management team as it drove $500 million in synergy achievement versus an original target of $350 million has been invaluable," Lundgren said. "Black & Decker shareholders prior to the merger have realized more than a 100% increase in their investment in less than the years despite the challenging macroeconomic conditions. In addition to the many achievements and milestones over his 27 year tenure with the company.”

The board also announced that James Loree, formerly executive VP and chief operating officer, has been elected to serve as president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 13. Mark Mathieu, senior VP human resources will retire on March 31. Mathieu will be succeeded by Joseph Voelker, currently VP human resources.

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RONA reshuffles board of directors

BY HBSDealer Staff

Boucherville, Quebec-based RONA has entered into an agreement with two of its largest shareholders, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Invesco Canada, providing for, among other things, changes to its board of directors.

Robert Chevrier, FCA, chairman and director of UniSelect and, until today, chairman and director of Richelieu Hardware, joins RONA’s board as executive chairman, effective immediately. He replaces Robert Paré, who will continue to serve as a board member.

The following people will also join RONA’s board:

  • Bernard Dorval, former group head of Insurance & Global Development at TD Bank Financial Group and deputy chair at TD Canada Trust;
  • Wesley Voorheis, partner at Voorheis & Co. and managing director, VC & Co. Incorporated;
  • Guy Dufresne, corporate director and former president and CEO of ArcelorMittal Mines Canada Inc.; and
  • Barry Gilbertson, principal with Barry Gilbertson Consultancy. 

Alain Michel and Patrick Palerme resign from RONA’s Board, effective immediately, to allow for its reconfiguration.

In addition, two other Board members, Steven Richardson and an additional nominee, will be included in the corporation’s circular for election at RONA’s next annual general meeting of shareholders in replacement of two current directors who will not stand for re-election. The new CEO will also join the board on appointment in replacement of a current director. 

As a result of the changes, the total number of RONA directors will increase from 12 to 14, eight of whom will be new directors.

“I am delighted to welcome Robert Chevrier to the RONA board,” Paré said. “He is a seasoned corporate director with tremendous industry experience, having served as CEO and chairman of Rexel Canada Electrical Inc. and chairman and director of Richelieu Hardware.” 

RONA has retained the services of a global management consulting firm to accelerate progress on its strategic priorities announced in December. 

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