The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) announced that it has hired Bart Tessel as Chief Innovation Officer. Tessel will oversee NAW’s Innovation and Member Programming and run the Institute for Distribution Excellence.
“Bart’s talent and experience cannot be overstated. We are thrilled to welcome Bart to our growing team and look forward to learning from his experience, insight and foresight. We will look to Bart to help lead our members and our industry to the next frontier in wholesale distribution,” NAW CEO Eric Hoplin said.
Tessel has more than 25 years of wholesale distribution experience and most recently served as Head of Corporate Development and M&A at ABB Optical Group, a distributor in the vision care industry with over $1.5 billion in revenue.
Ian Heller is the Founder and Chief Strategist for Distribution Strategy Group. He has more than 30 years of experience executing marketing and e-business strategy in the wholesale distribution industry, starting as a truck unloader at a Grainger branch while in college. He’s since held executive roles at GE Capital, Corporate Express, Newark Electronics and HD Supply. Ian has written and spoken extensively on the impact of digital disruption on distributors, and would love to start that conversation with you, your team or group. Reach out today at firstname.lastname@example.org.