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Ace Hardware names new president and CEO

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 9:33 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 1, 2013 4:07 p.m. CDT

OAK BROOK – John Venhuizen has been named as president and CEO of Ace Hardware Corp.

Venhuizen’s appointment had been part of a strategic leadership transition that was announced last September. At that time, Venhuizen was named president and COO of Ace Hardware, while Ace’s outgoing leader, Ray Griffith, maintained the title of CEO.

Venhuizen’s career spans more than 20 years at Ace. Since joining the cooperative in 1992, Venhuizen has served in numerous roles, including COO, and vice president of Business Development, Retail Development, Retail Training and International.

Recently, Ace Hardware unveiled “2020 Vision,” driven by Venhuizen. It is Ace’s long-term customer-focused strategy designed to grow the Ace brand and help Ace retailers improve their stores’ performance.

“John has already made an indelible imprint on Ace Hardware and he will continue to do so at the helm of this great organization,” said David Ziegler, chairman of Ace Hardware’s board of directors. “We are pleased with the momentum of the business, particularly with the launch of 2020 Vision. Ace’s board of directors is confident that Ace will grow and prosper under John’s passionate leadership.”

Venhuizen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing concentration from Trinity Christian College; he resides in the western suburbs of Chicago.

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