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Michael Ali Joins Grainger as CIO

                      Michael Ali Joins Grainger as CIO

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, July 29, 2013

CHICAGO, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad
line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving
businesses and institutions, today announced Dr. Michael Ali joined the
company as Senior Vice President and CIO. He replaces Tim Ferrarell who
assumes the new role of Senior Vice President, Innovation and Continuous
Improvement.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130729/CG54210)

"Michael is a great addition to our team," said Grainger Chairman, President
and CEO, Jim Ryan. "Beyond his IT expertise, Michael brings a strong global
perspective to our organization. At the same time, I'm excited to have Tim
take on the role of leading our innovation and continuous improvement efforts,
both of which are critical to our continued success."

Ali has extensive global experience in information technology. Most recently
he was Senior Vice President, Application Services and Project Management
Office, at US Foods. Previous to US Foods, he was CIO at Harman, where he led
the upgrade of its SAP platform and implementation of a new eCommerce
platform. Ali also was CIO at U.K.-based Jaguar Land Rover, transforming its
IT organization to follow the Ford One-IT model.

With Grainger, Ali will lead the Enterprise Systems team in building flexible
and scalable systems that will support the current and future needs of
customers, suppliers and team members, and help drive growth for Grainger
worldwide.

Ali has a PhD in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer, an MS in
Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Mechanical
Engineering from Princeton University.

Ali is based in Lake Forest, reporting to Jim Ryan.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2012 sales of $9 billion, is North America's leading
broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with
expanding global operations. For more information about the company, visit
www.grainger.com.

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Website: http://www.grainger.com
Contact: Joe Micucci, Director, Media Relations, 847-535-0879
 
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