Tractor Supply names new senior vp-marketing
Tractor Supply, the Brentwood, Tenn.-based farm and ranch chain, has appointed John D. Wendler as senior vp-marketing. He will oversee marketing activities for the company and report directly to Jim Wright, chairman, president and CEO.
Wendler has more than 30 years of marketing experience. Most recently, he worked at Express, a subsidiary of Limited Brands, where he was executive vp-marketing. He has also held positions at Saks, Fruit-of-the-Loom, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wilson Sporting Goods and General Mills. Wendler received an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Bowdoin College.
“We are pleased to welcome John to Tractor Supply Co. as he has a proven track record in leading strategic marketing plans. Additionally, we believe his expertise in implementing customer relationship management initiatives, customer loyalty programs and private label brand strategies will be instrumental,” Wright said.
AHMA revamps Hardlines Technology Forum
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.
Plum Creek names new vp-Montana operations
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.