RONA Announces Appointment of Robert Sawyer as President and Chief Executive Officer

RONA Announces Appointment of Robert Sawyer as President and Chief Executive 
A specialist in retail and distribution operations, he will play a
key role in carrying out RONA's transformation plan 
BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/13 -- The Board of
Directors of RONA inc. (TSX:RON)(TSX:RON.PR.A), the largest Canadian
distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening
products in Canada, today announced the appointment of Robert Sawyer
as President and CEO of RONA, effective in April 2013.  
Robert Sawyer has more than 30 years of experience in a major
Canadian food company and specializes in retail operations and
distribution to dealers operating under different banners. Under his
prior employer he held various executive positions and helped improve
the profitability in several different areas. Before joining RONA,
Mr. Sawyer was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 
Dominique Boies, acting CEO, remains RONA's Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer. He will assist Robert Sawyer and play an
important role on the Corporation's Management Committee.  
"On behalf of the Board, I would first like to thank Dominique for
the excellent work he has accomplished since he took on the role of
acting CEO," said Robert Chevrier, Executive Chairman of the Board of
Mr. Chevrier added: "It became increasingly clear to us that to
ensure a successful transformation, we needed to hire a specialist in
retail and distribution operations. So I am very pleased to announce
today the appointment of Robert Sawyer. He will play a key role in
simplifying and optimizing the RONA business model, particularly with
respect to merchandising, pricing strategy, supply chain, service to
consumers and service to RONA dealers. Robert has the operational and
turnaround expertise needed to put RONA back on the path to
profitable growth and increase value for all of our stakeholders." 
This PRESS RELEASE includes "forward-looking statements" that involve
risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of
historical facts included in this PRESS RELEASE, including statements
regarding the prospects of the industry and prospects, plans,
financial position and business strategy of the Corporation may
constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
Canadian securities legislation and regulations. Investors and others
are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on any
forward-looking statements.  
For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that
would cause the Corporation's actual results to differ from current
expectations, please also refer to the Corporation's public filings
available at and In particular, further
details and descriptions of these and other factors are disclosed in
the MD&A under the "Risks and uncertainties" section and in the "Risk
factors" section of the Corporation's current Annual Information
The forward-looking statements in this PRESS RELEASE reflect the
Corporation's expectations as at March 19, 2013, and are subject to
change after this date. The Corporation expressly disclaims any
obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, unless required by the applicable securities laws.  
RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware,
home renovation and gardening products. The Corporation operates over
800 corporate, franchise and affiliate retail stores of various sizes
and formats under different banners, and a network of 14 hardware and
construction materials distribution centres. RONA is also a leader in
the specialized plumbing and HVAC market, primarily serving
commercial and professional customers with a network of close to 60
sales outlets and four distribution centres across the country. With
close to 28,000 employees, the RONA store network generates
consolidated sales of $4.9 billion. For more information, visit
Michelle Laberge
Senior Director, Communications and Public Affairs
RONA inc.
514-599-5900, ext. 5114 
Financial Community
Stephane Milot
Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations
RONA inc.
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