Home promotes Szekszer
ST. JACOBS, Ontario – Home Hardware Stores has announced the promotion of Rob Szekszer to vice president of merchandise hardlines effective immediately. He was previous director of merchandise hardlines.
“The appointment of Rob Szekszer demonstrates the expertise and deep bench of talent we continue to develop at Home Hardware, and I have complete confidence in his ability to deliver on our business and growth strategies,” Home Hardware senior vice president of merchandiser Marianne Thompson said in a statement. “His passion for retail, coupled with his understanding of home improvement category management and our end-to-end business, make him well positioned to lead our hardlines teams to a strong future.”
The retailer-owned co-operative said Szekszer is “an accomplished business executive and proven leader who empowers his teams to think differently, drive change and achieve results. His leadership, retail category management and business acumen will help lead operational and strategic initiatives on the hardlines team.”
Szekszer has nearly 25 years of experience in the home improvement retail industry, holding key executive roles. Prior to joining Home Hardware, Rob held vice president and director roles at Canadian Tire Financial Services and Canadian Tire Retail in product marketing, credit card marketing, customer acquisition and new business development as well as category advertising.
“Home Hardware is an iconic Canadian company and I am thrilled to lead our hardlines team,” Szekszer said. “There is a tremendous opportunity to leverage our data-driven insights to provide best-in-class assortments in our stores. I look forward to continue working with the team to support our dealers so that we can be the most trusted and preferred home improvement retail brand.”
In his new role, Szekszer will report to Thompson.
Based here, Home Hardware Stores operates some 1,100 stores under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners.