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United Stationers Adds Online and Marketing Executives

United has added three key executives to direct its marketing and online initiatives.

United Stationers Inc. (NASDAQ: USTR), Deerfield, IL, has added three key executives to its marketing and online initiatives.

• Ric Phillips has joined the company as president, online and new channels.
• Girisha Chandraraj is United's new vice president, digital commerce.
• Diane Hund assumes the position of vice president, marketing for the Supply Division.

Ric Phillips will be responsible for growing United's new channels business and strategically positioning the company to win online by building new reseller capabilities for reaching the marketplace. As a member of United's senior leadership team, Phillips will also collaborate across the company's business units to implement current and long-range plans and policies. Most recently, he was a partner at McKinsey and Co. in Chicago. Previously, he held various positions with Baxter Healthcare Corp, Deerfield, IL.

Girisha Chandraraj has joined United as vice president, digital commerce, reporting to Ric Phillips. Chandraraj will lead the creation and delivery of digital commerce capabilities across all channels and business units, as well as guiding the company's digital strategy. Most recently, Chandraraj was executive vice president of marketing & sales for Blick Art Materials in Chicago. Previously, he was senior vice president of marketing, strategy and merchandising for Broder Bros. Corp, a Bain Capital portfolio company in Philadelphia. He has also held management positions with Marakon Associates, Ann Taylor and Kurt Salman Associates.

Diane Hund will oversee the creation and delivery of the Supply Division's marketing strategy and programs. Most recently she was the senior marketing leader for Ball Horticultural Co., a leading producer and wholesale distributor of ornamental plants. Previously, she held positions of president, Visionaire Products Inc., and global marketing director for Danaher's Videojet division. She also held various positions with Boise Cascade Corp./Office Max.

United Stationers Inc. is a wholesale distributor of business products, with 2011 net sales of $5 billion. The company stocks 100,000 items, including technology products, traditional office products, janitorial and breakroom supplies, office furniture, and industrial products.

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