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Another executive move at True Value

By Ken Clark - 05/04/2020
Paul Green, a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, has joined the True Value Company management team as senior VP of merchandising.

Paul Green

According to the True Value Company corporate web site, Green joined True Value in March 2020. Previously, he was chief merchandising and supply chain officer at McMaster-Carr Supply Company, a multibillion-dollar, privately owned e-commerce and catalog-based distributor of hardware, tools, raw materials and maintenance equipment and supplies,

John Kacedan, True Value VP of merchandising, no longer appears listed on the company’s management-team page. Kacedan joined True Value as a divisional VP in 2016 and was promoted to VP of merchandising in 2018. True Value did not respond immediately to requests for further comment.

The addition of Green to the leadership team is one of two major executive shifts for the distributor in early 2020. On April 20, True Value announced a CEO transition -- John Hartmann will be replaced by Chris Kempa, who currently holds the title of chief commercial officer. Kempa will take over May 18, as Hartmann is leaving the hardware distributor to take a role as COO of Union, N.J.-based retailer Bed Bath & Beyond.

Green brings to True Value experience in product management, digital merchandising, e-commerce, procurement, operations & logistics, pricing, software development and financial oversight.

At McMaster-Carr Supply Company, he began as a warehouse manager and was continually promoted through a number of positions, culminating in chief merchandising and supply chain officer.

In the U.S. Navy, Green was a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer, qualified in the operation and maintenance of Navy nuclear propulsion plants as well as ship-handling and navigation.