Imperial Dade appoints COO, acquires in Canada

North American facilities products distributor Imperial Dade has created the new role of COO.

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North American facilities products distributor Imperial Dade has created the new role of COO.

The company has tapped experienced Fastenal exec Terry Owen for the job. Owen, a former US marine, had spent 28 years at Fastenal, working his way up from an entry-level position in the distribution team to be named as COO earlier this year.

In the newly created role at Imperial Dade, Owen will be responsible for: overseeing safety, supply chain and logistics, warehouse operations and fleet, and commercial analytics; collaborating with cross-functional teams; and implementing strategies to elevate Imperial Dade’s operations and demonstrate the company’s commitment to customer service. At the same time, he will focus on accelerating Imperial Dade’s investments in the company’s digital transformation, enhancing its Victoria Bay branded products offering, and partnering with vendors to introduce environmentally sustainable products for customers.

Imperial Dade CEO Jason Tillis commented: “Given Imperial Dade’s tremendous growth, it is the right time to bring a world-class operations leader on board to drive the execution of our business strategy and goals.”

Meanwhile, Imperial Dade continues to add scale in Canada. Its latest acquisition is Advance Shipping Supplies, a local distributor of industrial supplies, packaging materials and janitorial products in the Ontario market.

Jersey City (NJ), USA