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Executive promotions at Tractor Supply

Steve Barbarick named president, COO and Rob Mills named EVP of tech.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Tractor Supply Company has promoted Steve Barbarick to president and chief operating officer while also promoting Rob Mills to executive vice president, chief technology, digital commerce and strategy officer.

Both promotions are effective immediately, Tractor Supply Company said this morning.

“Today’s promotions reflect Tractor Supply’s strong management talent across our organization who know our industry and are passionate about our customers and our team members,” said Greg Sandfort, Tractor Supply’s Chief Executive Officer.

“With more than 20 years of experience at Tractor Supply, Steve has demonstrated exemplary leadership capabilities and has consistently delivered outstanding results. He has been instrumental in developing and executing our vision that has been key to our growth, and we have the utmost confidence in his ability to take on this new role,” Sandfort explained.

Regarding Mills’ role at the company, Sandfort said, “Since joining Tractor Supply in 2014, Rob has played a pivotal role in significantly enhancing our business capabilities and assuming leadership of our corporate strategy.”

“Rob’s insights have helped Tractor Supply to continue to evolve our technology and our strategic focus, and we’re excited for him to expand his impact on our organization.”

In addition to his current responsibilities, Barbarick will lead Tractor Supply’s store operations, aligning the company across all store operations, merchandising, marketing and supply chain functions and teams.

Barbarick began his career with Tractor Supply Company in 1998 as a buyer and assumed roles of increasing responsibility. He most recently served as president, chief merchandising officer since May 2016.  He previously served as executive vice president, chief merchandising officer since March 2015.

Prior to joining Tractor Supply Company, Barbarick was a Buyer at Builders Square from 1994 to 1998. Barbarick also serves as a director of At Home, the home decor superstore.

Along with overseeing information technology and corporate strategy functions, Mills will also run Tractor Supply’s digital commerce operations.

Mills most recently served in the role of senior vice president, chief information officer since February 2014. Prior to joining the company, Mills was the chief information officer for Ulta Beauty from October 2011.

From 2005 to 2011, Mills was the vice president and chief information officer for the online business unit at Sears Holdings.

Tractor Supply operates more than 1,725 stores in 49 states. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based company also operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer with 174 Petsense stores in 27 states.

Last month Tractor Supply reported second quarter 2018 net sales increased 9.7% to $2.21 billion from second quarter 2017 net sales of $2.02 billion.




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