VANCOUVER — Tom Pitera is the new CEO of Russell Hendrix (RH), effective immediately.
In addition to serving as a board member and an operating advisor to the company since 2016, Pitera brings more than 30 years of expertise and significant distribution leadership experience to RH. His prior roles include president and/or COO at mid- and large-sized distribution companies, including Pioneer Standard Electronics, Fisher Scientific, Unisource and TTT Holdings.
“I am humbled and privileged to have been chosen for this new role,” says Pitera. “Having been able to work and spend time alongside the RH team over the past couple of years, I’m confident that we have the resources and infrastructure in place to bring our business operations to the next level, thereby enhancing our ability to service customers among all sizes and markets.”
Concurrently, Mike Kane, current CEO and executive chairman, has resigned from his role. “Mike has played an important role throughout the combination of Russell Food Equipment and Hendrix Hotel & Restaurant Equipment and RH has benefited greatly from his guidance during these last couple of years of integration,” says board member Mark Morris. “We sincerely thank Mike for his contributions and leadership during this important transition period.”
“We are excited to have Tom lead the company,” says board member Larry Vander Baaren. “Given his existing involvement among several operations within the business, I am confident in Tom’s ability to enhance the company’s operations while bolstering the customer service for which Russell Hendrix is known.”