Posted July 31, 2017

ORS Nasco names new president

ORS Nasco announced the appointment of Chris Kempa as president of ORS Nasco and group president, Essendant Industrial.

Chris KempaKempa was previously senior vice president merchandising and responsible for merchandising in the Essendant Industrial Group. Prior to joining Essendant, Kempa spent over two decades at Grainger in various leadership roles in field operations, distribution operations, enterprise systems, product management, global supply chain, and leading business units within Grainger's international segment.

“Chris immediately began adding value in 2015 as we sought to turnaround the business while optimizing our merchandising approach for our customers and suppliers,” said Ric Phillips, interim CEO Essendant. “He brings a wealth of industry experience to his new role. We look forward to supporting Chris in this well-deserved promotion and improving our performance in support of our partners.”

“I’m excited to build on the success and recovery we are experiencing in ORS Nasco and accelerating our investments and capabilities to continually progress the value wholesale serves for our customers and suppliers,” said Kempa. “The market is evolving quickly and leveraging scale across the Industrial businesses and Essendant enables our ability to support our customers and suppliers better than our competitors.”