BELOIT, Wis. — ABC Supply Co. Inc. has added three positions to its senior leadership team and named four executives — Kathy Hendricks, Tony Vaden, Mike Jost and Chris Slusar — to new roles in the company’s information technology, operations and accounting functions.
Kathy Hendricks, who had overseen ABC Supply’s information technology function for 28 years, most recently as vice president and chief information officer, has been named to the newly created position of executive director of customer connectivity. In her new role, she will lead ABC Supply’s strategic initiative to design, develop and implement the new information technology services and solutions that will connect ABC Supply to its customers and make it easier for its customers to run their businesses.
Announcing Hendricks’ appointment, ABC Supply President and Chief Operating Officer Keith Rozolis said, “With the advent of mobile platforms, our customers have made it very clear that they have a strong desire for enhanced connectivity with ABC Supply. Mobile engagement will be essential for ABC Supply to continue to deliver great customer service.”
Tony Vadenhas been named chief information officer, replacing Hendricks. An award-winning veteran of the information technology industry, Vaden will oversee all aspects of the information technology systems that support the company’s computing needs. He joins ABC Supply from American Tire Distributors (ATD) where he had been chief information officer. ATD is the largest tire and wheel distributor serving retail tire dealers in the United States and Canada. Previously, Vaden had held senior technology positions at Solectron (now a subsidiary of Flextronics), Dell Inc. and AMP (now TE Connectivity Ltd.).
Mike Jost has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of operations. In his new role, Jost will be responsible for the company’s operations, safety, education, real estate, marketing and merchandising functions. Jost has spent his entire career in building products distribution and brings a strong field perspective to his new role. Since joining ABC Supply in 2002, he has served as manager of the Springfield, Va., branch and held several positions on the company’s Northeast Region team. Most recently, Jost had been the Mid-Atlantic district manager.
Chris Slusar has been named corporate controller, a newly created position. He will lead ABC Supply’s accounting function, which has grown in size and scope commensurate with the growth of the company. Slusar joins ABC Supply after more than 18 years with the Johnson family of companies in Racine, Wis. During his tenure there, he held a variety of increasingly responsible positions in finance and accounting. Most recently, he served as vice president and corporate controller for Diversey Inc., formerly one of the Johnson companies. Slusar is a certified public accountant and began his career in public accounting.