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Wolseley Canada restructures its plumbing group

February 6, 2013 | By HPAC Magazine

Wolseley Canada has undertaken a restructuring of its plumbing group as a continuation of business group appointments in 2012, whereby one vice president took ownership for an entire business group across Canada. Paul Kennedy, vice president of the company’s Plumbing Group, announced the new structure on February 4, 2013. “I am very excited about our new structure because of what it will mean for our customers and our vendors,” said Kennedy. “Having the same structure within each region will support the execution of our national strategy while allowing for clearly defined local execution. This better equips us to provide a superior and consistent experience for our customers across Canada, drive national strategies with our vendor partners, as well as provide growth opportunities for our employees.” The company’s Plumbing Group now has five regions, each one managed by the following general managers: 

  • Dave Pratt in British Columbia/Northern Alberta;
  • Keith Strachan in Southern Alberta/Midwest;
  • Craig Dunford, who began with Wolseley on January 28, in the Greater Toronto Area;
  • Paul Kennedy until a GM is hired for Ontario/Atlantic; and
  • Sebastien Laforge in Quebec.

Within the new structure, the general managers are responsible for the overall management of their business area. They will execute the company’s national strategy within their regions while providing local market focus. This includes providing effective leadership to and development of their teams and ensuring focused sales and marketing strategies are developed, executed and monitored. Reporting to each GM is a consistent management team, comprised of one or more sales managers, an operations manager, business development manager and a number of branch area managers. The new structure also includes the following three national roles: sales operations, strategy and development and operations. Casian Glavce, previously the strategic business manager, is the director of sales operations for the plumbing group across Canada. Barry Moulsdale, previously the business development manager for Ontario, is the director of strategy and development for the plumbing group across Canada. In addition to retaining his duties as the director of branch operations for the company, Terry Thompson is responsible for branch operations for the plumbing group.



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