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Armstrong Joins Ace as Supply Chain Executive

Kirk Armstrong

Ace Hardware Corp. has hired Kirk Armstrong as a new executive to work on the co-op’s distribution and supply chain team.

He is taking on the role of vice president of distribution and supply chain innovation and will be reporting to Lori Bossmann, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer.

Along with his team, Armstrong will be responsible for overseeing Ace’s distribution, traffic and corporate engineering operations, according to Ace.

“We are pleased to welcome Kirk to Ace as our new vice president of distribution and supply chain innovation,” Bossmann says. “We remain intensely focused on enhancing our supply chain and believe Kirk will help us achieve that vision.”

Armstrong joins Ace Hardware from Owens & Minor, a health care distributor and solutions provider, where he served as senior vice president of operations and supply chain. From 2003 to 2011, he  worked at Essendant, a business products distributor. Prior to joining Essendant, he spent 13 years at Grainger in positions of increasing responsibility, lastly as region vice president of distribution operations.

Ace Hardware is a retailer-owned hardware cooperative with more than 5,200 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

About Kate Klein

Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

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