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Ace Hardware subsidiary names new leader


Ace Wholesale Holdings has appointed a new executive to drive the company’s ongoing expansion.

Mark Spanswick was named president and general manager of Ace Wholesale Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corp.

Spanswick joins Ace Hardware from W. W. Grainger, where he spent the last 27 years in a variety of leadership roles. Most recently, Spanswick served as the regional sales VP, where he was responsible for sales and channel strategy development and deployment. Prior to that, he was VP of mergers, acquisitions and sales Integration.

“We are pleased to welcome Mark to his new role as the leader of Ace Wholesale Holdings,” said John Surane, executive VP, merchandising, retail operations, business-to-business, and wholesale holdings.

“Mark has consistently demonstrated the ability to lead teams through complex business situations and build cohesive sales organizations,” he said. “His leadership and talents will serve us well in our quest to further grow Ace Wholesale Holdings.”

Ace operates more than 5,000 locally owned-and-operated hardware stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S., and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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