15 March 2007 — Greenville (WI): School Specialty has appointed Thomas Slagle as president and COO, completing the rebuilding of the management team that began a few years ago.
Slagle joins the OP company from Cardinal Health where he served as president of supply chain services for the medical group.
Dave Vander Zanden, CEO, said: "Tom is a proven leader, value creator and a strategic thinker. His breadth of experience, including sales, marketing, operations and customer relationship management, is just the leadership profile I have been searching for to lead our company to improved organic growth."
Vander Zanden also outlined some of the company’s growth plans. He said: "With the second phase of our conversion to new Enterprise Business Systems scheduled for completion this fall, we are ready to embrace a new marketing strategy designed around category management. This process will allow us to simplify our business, achieve stronger organic growth, drive cost reduction deeper into our organisation and identify our core market requirements for future growth."