School Specialty Enhances Operational Team With the Appointment of Two
Daniel Kohler Brought Onboard as EVP, Operations; Rick Smith Hired to Run
Mansfield, OH Distribution Center
GREENVILLE, Wis., Feb. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School Specialty Inc.
(OTCQB:SCOO) ("SSI" or "the Company"), a leading distributor of supplies,
furniture and both supplemental and curriculum products to the education
marketplace, today announced two new leadership appointments as the Company
continues to build out its operational team to enhance customer satisfaction.
The Company disclosed today that it has hired Daniel P. Kohler as Executive
Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. Daniel will be
responsible for overseeing all of the Company's operations, including
manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain management. He joins School
Specialty after spending more than 25-years in related operations roles, where
he most recently served as Executive Vice President with HVL, a division of
Atrium Innovations. In his most recent position, Daniel was responsible for
supply chain management, operations and distribution, manufacturing,
purchasing and quality assurance programs. Previously, he was the Chief
Operating Officer with Health and Wellness Products Holdings and Chief
Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, International with PeoplePC,
an international technology and internet retail company. He has also held
management roles with several other companies, including TY Inc., OfficeMax,
and Reliable Corporation and started his career with Keebler Company
(Kellogg), where he served as Regional Director, overseeing distribution
center management, supply chain functions and other related productivity and
School Specialty also disclosed today that Rick Smith has joined the Company
as Director of Distribution Center Operations, overseeing the Company's
Mansfield, OH distribution center, effective immediately. Rick joins SSI after
a more than 25-year career working in several operational and supply chain
positions with other industry leaders.He was most recently Director, Supply
Chain Quality with United Stationers ("USI"), where he was responsible for
defining and deploying a Quality Strategy for United Stationers Operations.In
this role, he developed quality systems and led quality initiatives across
product development, customer compliance and analytics, and supply chain
processes.He previously held various positions with United Stationers
including Vice President of Operations, Midwest Region; Director of
Operational Excellence and General Operations Manager; and Director of
Operations.Before his ten-year career with USI, Rick was the Vice President
of Customer Care, Midwest Region for UPS Supply Chain Solutions and prior to,
served as Operations and Logistics Program Director.He started with UPS as an
Air Operations Engineer and Logistics Planner, where he directed integrated
operating plans for national small package accounts and UPS' largest volume
Commenting on today's announcement, Jim Henderson, Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of School Specialty stated, "We continue to invest in
our operations to ensure we have unified focus on delivering value-added
products and services to our customers.Ensuring they receive products on-time
and in the most efficient manner remains our priority and we will not stop
until we achieve 100% customer satisfaction.Daniel brings significant
experience in operations and distribution center management, and I have every
bit of confidence in his ability to lead our team and help us achieve this
goal.Additionally, having Rick lead our Mansfield distribution center is a
coup for our organization as he has extensive experience, leading
best-in-class programs for quality management, distribution center alignment
and customer loyalty programs.Both Daniel and Rick understand the importance
of a fully integrated, sales and operations planning model and are process
driven, a very important factor as we improve processes across key function
areas within our business.I would like to welcome them both to the School
Specialty family and look forward to their many contributions over the coming
"I am very excited for this opportunity to join the School Specialty team,"
stated Mr. Kohler."What led me to this position was the Company's strong
reputation within the Education marketplace and the significant growth
opportunities I see for its many product lines and within targeted industry
verticals.My focus is clear; drive organizational efficiencies within
operations that mesh many core functions together while improving our delivery
times and our time-to-market.I have always been a proponent of continuous
improvement, particularly in process reform and I look forward to supporting
the various programs underway, while contributing to School Specialty's growth
in the future."
Mr. Smith commented, "I am honored to join School Specialty as they are
recognized throughout the industry as an innovative leader in the education
marketplace.They have world-class brands and a loyal customer base, providing
products and services that are incredibly important and meaningful to our
Educators.I look forward to working with the SSI team to bring best-in-class
distribution services to our customers and to ensure they receive the products
they ordered, on-time and without fail.We have a tremendous opportunity ahead
of us and with our build-out of our Mansfield, OH facility underway, now is
the right time to implement lean principles with a focus on 100% customer
Daniel is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and obtained his MBA in
Finance at the Keller Graduate School of Management, where he graduated with
Distinction.While with Keebler, he also earned the honor of being selected to
attend Oxford University for coursework in Strategic Management.
Rick is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he obtained his
Bachelor of Arts in Operations Management and Aviation.He is active in a
number of charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity
International, Free Wheelchair Mission and World Vision.
About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary
products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company
designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school
supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources.
Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the
scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school
administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.
For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.
CONTACT: Company Contact
Dionne Manchester, SVP
GW Communications (for SSI)
School Specialty, Inc.
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