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Canadian hardware retailer appoints new EVP


BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec — Canadian hardware retailer and one-time Lowe’s buyout prospect Rona has appointed Alain Brisebois the company’s new EVP and chief commercial officer.

Brisebois will seek to improve operational efficiency and synergy among the company's purchasing, merchandising, procurement and marketing activities.

"I'm happy to rely on Alain's extensive experience in retail to help us review our business processes, improve our efficiency and offer our customers a better shopping experience," said president and CEO Robert Sawyer.

Alain Brisebois is a retail veteran and has held numerous strategic positions at major retailers for 30 years. He worked for Couche-Tard since 2008, where he served as VP of purchasing and supply chain, then as SVP of operations in 2010. He also occupied key positions at Metro Inc., including SVP of the Ontario division.

Brisebois has a bachelor's degree in business administration from HEC Montréal.

Rona is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. The company operates a network of more than 800 corporate, franchise and affiliate retail stores of various sizes and formats under different banners, and a network of 14 hardware and construction materials distribution centers. Rona is also a leader in the specialized plumbing and HVAC market, primarily serving commercial and professional customers with a network of close to 60 sales outlets and four distribution centers across the country. With close to 28,000 employees, the RONA store network generates consolidated sales of $4.8 billion. Sawyer was named president and CEO of the company in March.

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