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Ace Hardware Announces Exec Changes

Oak Brook, Ill. Ace Hardware Corp. has appointed Rick Affolter to serve as VP of finance, and has promoted Rick Whitson to VP of retail support.

Affolter will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Ace’s finance department and will oversee the company’s controller, tax director and director of financial planning and analysis. He joins Ace from HD Supply, Inc., a wholesale distributor of construction and maintenance products.

Whitson, which has been with Ace Hardware for 29 years, will direct activities at Ace’s 14 retail distribution support centers and six cross dock facilities. Most recently, he served as director of retail support and engineering, for which he will continue to provide leadership.