Lowes hires former Loblaws exec as new president for Canadian division

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has hired a former Loblaws executive to be the new president of its Canadian division.Sylvain Prud’homme will take the leadership role on March 25.He replaces current president Alan Huggins, who is returning to the U.S. to serve as Lowe’s vice-president of international operations and development.The home improvement retailer said it chose Prud’homme because of his experience in national and international retail merchandising.Before serving as the executive vice-president of operations and merchandising for Loblaw, Prud’homme worked for retail giant Wal-Mart and grocers Sobey’s and Super C.“He is a strategic thinker and a humble leader, and will be an outstanding addition to the Canada leadership team,” said William Robinson, Lowe’s head of international operations and development, in a statement.Lowe’s, which is based in Mooresville, N.C., operates 1,745 stores in North America — with the majority in the United States. There are 34 locations and a distribution centre in Canada.Last September, the company retreated from an attempt to acquire Quebec-based rival Rona (TSX:RON) through a $1.8-billion deal that was shunned by Rona’s board.Since expanding to Canada in 2007, Lowe’s has tried to grow its presence in a competitive market that already includes retail giants Home Depot and Rona.In November, it hinted that it was still considering an acquisition in Canada but would not name a target company.Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world and reported sales of US$50.2 billion in fiscal 2011. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 4:55 pm MDT Lowe’s hires former Loblaws exec as new president for Canadian division AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ireland Under19s suffer disappointment in Euro semifinal

first_imgRepublic of Ireland 0Netherlands 4THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Women’s Under-19 team missed out on a place in the UEFA European Championship final after losing 4-0 to the Netherlands in Mjondalen, Norway.Dave Connell’s team hardly had a chance to settle into the game when they fell behind following a shot from Vivianne Miedema after she controlled a long pass from Danique Kerkdijk.There were only five minutes on the clock when the ball somehow trickled over the goal line. But Ireland rallied back with Lauren Dwyer shooting just wide of the target after a superb solo run. Ireland’s Lauren Dwyer battles for possession with Inessa Kaagman of the Netherlands. Source: ©INPHO/Anders HovenIt was clear that the Netherlands were a top class team, although the work-rate of Ireland’s players was hugely impressive as they closed down space and hassled their opponents at every opportunity.The industry of Clare Shine also saw Ireland move into goalscoring positions with the Raheny United striker twice firing shots over the crossbar after initially losing her marker in open play.The Netherlands, however, were quick breaking forward and saw Miedema set up Jeslynn Kuijpers for their second goal on 34 minutes. Picking up a slide pass, she blasted in off the inside of the post.Trailing 2-0 at half-time, it got worse for Connell’s team on 48 minutes when Miedema got her second goal of the game when she converted from close range after good play by Kuijpers.It was 4-0 to the Netherlands on 55 minutes when Miedema completed her hat-trick. Controlling a high ball, she turned past her marker before drilling a low shot past goalkeeper Brooke Dunne. Vivianne Miedema grabs one of her three goals against the Irish. Source: ©INPHO/Anders HovenSubstitute Katie McCabe did give Ireland hope of completing another remarkable comeback as she twice went close with efforts, but she just couldn’t find the finish required.Despite losing this game, and missing out on a place in the final where the Netherlands will meet Spain, the achievements of this Ireland team should not be underestimated as they made history.Connell will have 12 members of his squad eligible for the next campaign and the performances of these girls will surely give women’s football around the country a massive lift.Republic of Ireland: Dunne; Keenan, O’Connell, McCarthy, Wright; Mustaki (Nolan 60); Dwyer (McLaughlin 66), Connolly; Rowe, Shine, O’Connor (McCabe 50).Netherlands: Vreugdenhil; Akkerman, Janssen, Kerdijk, Kuikstra (Peels 75); Mourmans (Bruinenberg 77), Roord, Kaagman; Kuijpers, Miedema (Beerensteyn 84), Strik.Referee: Marija Kurtes (Germany)‘I’d say I’m more successful than him now!’ – McCabe following in big bro’s footstepsLisa Kearney wins bronze medal at the Commonwealth Gameslast_img read more

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