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True Value Co. creates new role: CCO

A former Grainger exec to take on role of chief commercial officer.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Chris Kempa

Chicago-based True Value Company named Chris Kempa as chief commercial officer, a newly created position. Kempa will report directly to John Hartmann, president and CEO of True Value, and will join the company’s senior leadership team.

“Chris is an exceptional addition to True Value with 25 years of experience in the product distribution sector and we are truly excited to have him join our team,” said Hartmann. “As True Value continues to execute against our strategic priorities and long-term business growth plans, I am confident his experienced leadership and deep industry knowledge will play an important role in our continued success.”

As chief commercial officer, Kempa will be responsible for the development and execution of an integrated merchandising, sales and pricing go-to-market strategy. He will play a critical role in the advancement of these areas, accelerating progress and building upon the work currently being done across the organization, the company said.

Kempa comes to True Value from Essendant Inc. where he most recently served as group president, industrial, leading four business units: ORS Nasco, MEDCO, CPO Outlets, and Essendant Canada. He’s held significant leadership positions in pricing, merchandising, marketing, product management and general management over the course of his career. Prior to joining Essendant, Kempa spent over 20 years with W.W. Grainger, Inc. in multiple positions including VP & general manager, global business; VP sourcing; and director, product management.

 

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