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SouthernCarlson Appoints New Chairman/CEO

, a distributor of fasteners and packaging to the construction industry headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, has named Kenneth D. Sweder to the position of chairman and CEO, the company reports.

Sweder replaces Jim Whitley, who is retiring from day-to-day responsibilities.

“We are pleased to welcome Ken to SouthernCarlson,” say Sandy Osborne and Matt Edgerton of Kelso & Company, a private equity firm. “Ken brings a wealth of experience managing a multi-billion-dollar distribution platform in both public and private equity settings, with a focus on sales and supply chain, acquisitions, product merchandising and digital marketing, and customer experience.”

Sweder comes to SouthernCalrson from Interline Brands, where he was CEO.

“I am excited to join such a great team of associates, and I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to delight our customers and invest in SouthernCarlson,” says Sweder. “I know we can further extend our customer capabilities and footprint, as we gain productivity, to deliver even more significant market share gains.”

Whitley will remain active with SouthernCarlson as a board member.

“It has been my honor to lead such a great company over the last 3 years,” Whitley says. I have had the pleasure of meeting more of our dedicated work force than anyone else, and I am constantly amazed at how we have been able to attract such talented people, both organically and through our acquisition platform.

“I firmly believe that Ken’s background and work ethic will only add to the success we’ve had as he leads us to even better performance over the next few years. I’m excited to continue to add value in any role that I can for our company and promise to stay as involved as needed over the next few months and years, but I am looking forward to seeing what we’ve all started together continue to grow and develop into the best company it can be under Ken’s leadership.”

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