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Grainger is losing its online business chief

David Rawlinson will become CEO of a new tech company.

BY HBSDealer Staff

David Rawlinson will leave his post as senior VP and president of Grainger Online Business Feb. 1. Until a replacement is found, that leaves Grainger Chairman and CEO DG Macpherson in charge of Grainger’s ecommerce, including its Zoro.com business.

David Rawlinson

Rawlinson joined Grainger as vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary in 2012, and progressively expanded his experiences, taking on leadership of the online business in 2015. Rawlinson will become the CEO of Nielsen’s Global Connect business, a newly created public company.

“We congratulate David on his opportunity and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said  Macpherson. “The online portfolio has strong leadership and a talented team that is driving solid performance. We are working through our succession plan and expect to make an announcement shortly.”

Grainger’s online portfolio includes MonotaRO in Japan, as well as Zoro, which operates in Europe, the U.K. and the U.S. In 2018, the online portfolio revenue grew by 24% to $1.5 billion. And over the last four years, the portfolio has profitably grown revenue at a compound annual rate of 26%, the company said.

Zoro’s web site boasts “millions of everyday items, plus hard-to-find ones, too,” in categories including safety & security, tools & machining, and plumbing, among others.

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