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A-D realigns units after Aldridge, board depart

Sept. 1, 2003
Affiliated Distributors, Inc. (A-D) took steps to streamline its operations following the departure of Tom Aldridge, former executive vice president,

Affiliated Distributors, Inc. (A-D) took steps to streamline its operations following the departure of Tom Aldridge, former executive vice president, and the replacement of its board of directors.

The King of Prussia, Pa.-based buying/marketing group named Chris Hartmann vice president of marketing and supplier relations. Hartmann will handle supplier relations, marketing and national contracts administration. Aldridge left A-D in July after eight years to become senior vice president of Industrial Distribution Group, a roll-up of industrial distributors based in Atlanta, Ga. His departure came quickly after A-D replaced its entire board of directors. A-D officials acknowledged but declined to comment on the board change.

Outgoing directors declined to comment, citing confidentiality agreements. They said, however, that A-D is financially on solid footing, and that they continue to support the organization.

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Doug Chandler | Senior Staff Writer

Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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