LAKE FOREST, Ill. — W.W. Grainger Inc., a leading broad line distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products, announced that it has modified its organizational structure to provide a more consistent, integrated approach to pursue growth opportunities.

The company said that Court Carruthers, senior vice president and group president, Americas, will lead its newly formed Americas business, encompassing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Peru. In addition, the company reported that DG Macpherson, senior vice president and group president, Global Supply Chain and International, will lead Grainger’s emerging operations, which include its high potential businesses in the large economies including Brazil, Europe, and Asia.

Jim Ryan, chairman, president, and CEO of Grainger, said, “Over the last year, we have brought greater focus to our company strategy, clarifying how we will compete — through both a multichannel model and online model — as well as where we will compete — including mature and growth markets. These changes help position our business to win now and in the future by increasing our focus and driving more integration across the organization.”

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Publication date: 9/23/2013

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