Home Hardware Stores Limited has announced Marianne Thompson has been appointed to the new role of chief commercial officer, effective Monday, September 12.
In this role, Thompson will be responsible for Home Hardware’s overall commercial strategy with a focus on driving business growth and expanding market share. As chief commercial officer, Thompson will continue to oversee merchandising in addition to marketing, supply chain and retail operations. She will continue to report to Kevin Macnab, president and CEO.
“With over 30 years of experience in the home improvement industry, Marianne Thompson has the strategic vision and leadership skills needed to drive continued results for Home Hardware and the success of this great Canadian retailer,” says Kevin Macnab, president and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Marianne is a transformative leader who brings passion, creativity and heart to everything she does. Since joining Home Hardware in 2019, Marianne has been instrumental in the success of our LBM and Hardlines merchandise strategies while also reinforcing the value of our people and culture.”
Those reporting directly to Thompson include John Dyksterhuis, chief supply chain officer; Rob Wallace, chief retail operations officer; Laura Baker, chief marketing officer; Rob Szekszer, vice-president, merchandise Hardlines; Carol Crystal, vice-president, merchandise LBM; Meriyem Kaf, director, merchandise strategy & execution and Colin Lalonde, director, merchandise services.
“I am honored to take on this important role during a time of transformational growth and investment at Home Hardware,” Thompson says. “I am passionate about the success of this Canadian company and our independent Dealer-Owners across the country who work tirelessly to provide their customers with the products, services and helpful advice they depend on us for.”
Thompson joined Home Hardware in 2019 as vice-president, merchandise LBM. She was appointed to senior vice-president of merchandise in 2020 and moved into the role of chief merchandising officer in March 2022. Thompson was named a 2022 Top Women in Retail honoree by the Women in Retail Leadership Circle.
“I am delighted to welcome Marianne Thompson to the role of chief commercial officer,” says Christine Hand, board chair, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Home Hardware is on an exciting journey with a bright future, and I am confident Marianne will continue to bring strategic leadership and strong business acumen as we move forward.”
Prior to joining Home Hardware, Thompson was senior vice-president of North American Sales at JELD-WEN Windows and Doors. She also held executive positions with Alexandria Moulding, Supplier Pipeline and Colonial Elegance Inc.