Oak Brook, Ill.,
09:50 AM

Ace Hardware names John Tovar Vice President of Retail Operations and New Business

Ace Hardware Corporation, the world’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Tovar to the position of Vice President of Retail Operations and New Business. Tovar will report to John Surane, Executive Vice President Merchandising, Retail Operations, Business to Business, and Wholesale Holdings. 

Tovar joins Ace Hardware from GameStop where he served as Vice President of Merchandising. His responsibilities included the strategic direction for the company’s Buy-Sell-Trade business model across all 4,000 locations, wholesale distribution channels and ecommerce site. Tovar brings more than 15 years of experience in the retail industry, including leadership roles with Home Depot and 24 Hour Fitness.

“We are pleased to welcome John to Ace in his role as Vice President of Retail Operations and New Business,” said John Surane, Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Retail Operations, Business to Business, and Wholesale Holdings. “John’s years of experience within the retail industry will enhance and strengthen the already outstanding skills and experience of our current team.”

Tovar received an MBA from Georgia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Business Administration from UCLA.

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About Ace Hardware

For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. With more than 5,000 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 55 countries. For more information on Ace, visit acehardware.com or the company newsroom at newsroom.acehardware.com.