Rexel USA CEO Jeff Baker will retire in April but will remain a member of the company’s board of directors, the distributor announced.
Brad Paulsen will succeed Baker, who is retiring after 15 years, Rexel USA said. The transition will take effect April 18.
Paulsen comes to Rexel USA from HD Supply, where he most recently worked as chief operating officer, overseeing the sales and supply chain teams. Prior to that, Paulsen spent nine years with The Home Depot working in leadership and merchandising roles.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Jeff for his outstanding contribution to Rexel,” Rexel CEO Guillaume Texier said. “Under his leadership, Rexel USA has become a front runner in the electrical distribution space, transforming into a multi-channel, data-driven provider of customized services and solutions. I am very pleased to welcome Brad to Rexel. He is a proven leader who will help take our performance to the next level, for the benefit of our customers and suppliers. Brad’s deep understanding of digital, supply chain, and marketing will be particularly valuable to the organization. Together with the Rexel USA management team and our 6,700 associates, we will strive to continue our growth trajectory, with big ambitions, as demonstrated by the acquisition of Mayer in 2021.”