Lowe’s Canada Names New Leadership Team

by Katie Lee

Boucherville, Quebec (Canada) — Lowe’s Canada has formed its new leadership team positioned to help drive Lowe’s Canadian business strategy by leading a new operating model focused on growth. This model will help Lowe’s Canada deliver better customer experiences in each segment and market it serves.

“Our new structure will allow us to increase our focus on customers, allowing us to better coordinate our resources and efforts and to have a maximum impact on the segments we serve,” says Sylvain Prud’homme, president and CEO, Lowe’s Canada. “Each member of the leadership team will play a key role, enabling us to maximize the potential of all of our banners to ensure strong growth across all of our different markets,” said Sylvain. “Following Lowe’s recent acquisition of RONA, this team of seasoned experts will contribute to the alignment of our two organizations so we can become the number one choice of Canadians for all their home improvement needs.”

These leaders will report directly to Sylvain:

• Alain Brisebois will work closely with the leadership team to define and implement the banner strategies. He will also lead the operations functions supporting all the business units as well as our distribution activities to the affiliate dealers. Brisebois joined RONA in 2013 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the retail industry, including at Alimentation Couche-Tard and Metro.

• Guy Beaumier will lead our pro-contractor stores and Reno-Depot. Beaumier has been with Lowe’s since 2014. With more the 25 years of retail industry experience, Beaumier worked for Loblaws, Sobey’s, Labatt and Super C.

• Christian Proulx will lead human resources and communications. Proulx, who joined RONA in 2007, has held several leadership positions in human resources during a career spanning more than 30 years, 14 of which were in the pharmaceutical industry in Canada and abroad.

• Jim Caldwell will join Lowe’s on June 20, 2016, and will lead the big box business unit. Most recently, Caldwell was president of the Brick Group, Canada’s largest furniture retailer. He also worked for Wal-Mart in Canada, and has a vast and distinguished career in the retail industry, having held senior leadership positions in retail operations, merchandising, distribution and marketing. Caldwell is a member of the board of directors of the Retail Council of Canada.

• Serge Ethier will lead the proximity stores. Ethier joined RONA in 2014 and has served in various leadership positions in retail over the past 25 years, including The Home Depot, Provigo/Loblaws and Costco.

• Brendan Hughes will lead the alignment of the different banner strategies and will lead the project management office and business intelligence. Hughes joined Lowe’s in 2005 and has more than 16 years’ experience in the retail sector. He was previously with Walgreens and Food Lion.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lowe’s operates or services more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and has over 285,000 employees. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian businesses, including RONA inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, operate over 535 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

SOURCE: Lowe’s Canada

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