TJ Hale purchases A.J. Pietsch
Menomonee Falls, Wis. –Retail interior environments manufacturer TJ Hale has purchased Milwaukee-based millwork manufacturer A.J. Pietsch.
A.J. Pietsch manufacturing will move to Menomonee Falls, and the two companies will leverage their state-of-the-art systems, CNC equipment and facilities.
Former Target OTC exec takes talents to Hyland
LOS ANGELES — Les Hamilton, who most recently managed the Target account for all over-the-counter products for The Emerson Group, has been named VP Sales at Hyland, another OTC manucturer. In his new role, Hamilton will be responsible for guiding the company’s sales organization and developing and implementing sales strategy.
“I have known Les for many years and I am confident that he brings to Hyland’s the right mix of experience, accomplishment and culture that aligns perfectly with our core values,” Hyland’s president Dale Nepsa said. “Les will be working closely with our outstanding sales teams in both natural foods and food, drug and mass merchandisers. He will be a valued member of our senior management team, providing a comprehensive sales perspective to the operations of our company.”
Hamilton’s prior experience includes almost 10 years at Target, where he held different positions, including category manager for numerous pharmacy categories and all OTC private-label items.
Hamilton graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both marketing and management.
Walmart evolves Canadian leadership too
With its chief marketing officer, Michael Francis leaving to take on the role of president of JCPenney, Target is temporarily without an executive to head up its expansion into Canada, which should come as good news to Walmart Canada, which recently announced some leadership changes of its own.
Former Asda executive and Walmart Canada CEO David Cheesewright has a new role that opens up some intriguing growth possibilities, given his new responsibilities include oversight of geographic areas where Walmart doesn’t currently operate stores.
Cheesewright was named EVP, president and CEO of a new regional management team within Walmart’s international division, where he will lead Walmart’s retail operations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Sub-Saharan Africa, while also overseeing business development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. In this new role, Cheesewright reports directly to Walmart International president and CEO Doug McMillon.
“Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada hold tremendous potential for our company and we are excited to have David Cheesewright leading the team,” McMillon said. “Since joining the company, David has been a champion for our customer, led innovation and delivered returns.”
That has especially been the case in the U.K. and Canada, which are regularly at or near the top of the company’s best performing countries when it comes time to report financial results. However, what’s interesting about McMillon’s comment is how he just slipped in the reference to the Middle East and Europe, suggesting expansion into markets within continental Europe and the Middle East are on the company’s radar.