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Ace Hardware Corp. Hires Exec From GameStop

John Tovar

Ace Hardware Corp. has hired a GameStop executive to serve in the role of vice president of retail operations and new business.

John Tovar was vice president of merchandising for the video gaming and electronics retailer prior to accepting the job at Ace.

As of May 23, Tovar replaced Dan Miller, who served in the role from 2014 until his retirement in April. Miller had worked for Ace Hardware since 1981.

Tovar has more than 15 years of experience in the retail industry, previously serving in leadership roles with Home Depot and 24 Hour Fitness. In his new position at Ace, he will report to John Surane, executive vice president of merchandising, retail operations, business to business and wholesale holdings.

“We are pleased to welcome John to Ace in his role as vice president of retail operations and new business,” Surane says. “John’s years of experience within the retail industry will enhance and strengthen the already outstanding skills and experience of our current team.”

Ace Hardware is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, and is a retailer-owned cooperative with more than 5,000 independent stores located throughout the world.

About Kate Klein

Kate Klein
Kate is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events. 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 long books, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

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