Lowe’s Canada names new president
Industry veteran Tony Hurst will become the lead executive of Lowe’s Canadian division in February.
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has named Anthony (Tony) Hurst as the new president of Lowe’s Canada.
Hurst will report to Lowe’s president and CEO Marvin Ellison and will be based at Lowe’s Canada headquarters in Boucherville, Quebec. The move is pending work authorization which is expected in February.
Hurst most recently served as Lowe’s senior vice president of enterprise and strategy transformation, and also held the position of Lowe’s division president for the West region.
Tony Cioffi will continue to act as interim president and, after the transition, will resume his previous role as group financial officer and leader of the affiliated dealers, real estate and Dick’s Lumber businesses.
Lowe’s Canada operates or services close to 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of formats and banners, including Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Ace and Dick’s Lumber. The division has more than 26,000 associates along with 5,000 employees.
“With more than 25 years of retail and home improvement experience, Tony Hurst is a knowledgeable and effective leader who was already working closely with the Canadian leadership team in his former role,” Ellison said. “We remain confident in the long-term potential of our Canadian business, and I know Tony is the right person to lead Lowe’s Canada into an exciting new chapter for our customers and associates across Canada.”
Before joining Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Hurst served in leadership roles at J.C. Penney Co., including as senior vice president of stores and operations, where he was responsible for all aspects of store operations, asset protection, home services and customer service, and as general merchandise manager for home decor. Prior to his time at J.C. Penney, he served as a regional vice president for Home Depot.
Last November, Lowe’s Canada announced that it was closing 34 underperforming stores. The move was preceded by the sudden retirement of Sylvain Prud’homme as president of Lowe’s Canada. He had lead the company’s Canadian division since 2013 and oversaw the acquisition and integration of Rona in 2016. In December 2017, Prud’homme was also named Lowe’s president, international.
Lowe’s has more than 2,200 and approximately 300,000 associates in North America.
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