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Black & Decker Reorganizes Power Tools and Accessories Business
Mar 1, 2004
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The Black & Decker Corporation announced that it has reorganized its power tools and accessories business into two separate groups to help streamline the business and add focus to the Black & Decker and DEWALT brands.

Thomas D. Koos has been named group vice president and president, Black & Decker Consumer Group. John W. Schiech has been named group vice president and president, DEWALT Professional Group. Both executives will have worldwide responsibility and will report to Nolan D. Archibald, chairman and CEO.

Mr. Koos joined the Corporation in 1999 as vice president, Business Development for Power Tools and Accessories. He had been president, Black & Decker Consumer Products in the U.S. since 2000. Mr. Schiech has been employed by the corporation since 1980 in engineering, marketing, and general management positions in the professional power tools business, both in the U.S. and in Europe. He had been president, DEWALT Professional Products in the U.S. since 1999.

Under the new structure, Ian Carter, who headed the power tools and accessories business in Europe, has been named president, Europe and Asia with responsibility for Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Edward J. Scanlon, formerly in charge of North American commercial operations, has been named president, Commercial Operations, North and South America.

Paul F. McBride has been named to the newly created corporate post of senior vice president, Human Resources and Corporate Initiatives and will have worldwide responsibility for human resources as well as the Corporation's Six Sigma and executive development programs. Mr. McBride succeeds Leonard A. Strom, who retired after a 20-year career at the corporation. Mr. McBride had been president, Power Tools and Accessories Group since joining Black & Decker in 1999.

In addition, Christopher T. Metz has been named group vice president and president, Hardware and Home Improvement Group. Mr. Metz has headed Kwikset(R) security hardware and the Corporation's North American Hardware and Home Improvement business for several years.

Mr. Archibald said, "We believe that the new power tools and accessories organization will streamline our management structure and bring sharper focus to each of our key brands. This business is in the enviable position of having two exceptionally strong global brands, Black & Decker and DEWALT, both of which have the potential to generate significantly greater sales volume than current levels. Our Hardware and Home Improvement Group has recently added the strong Baldwin and Weiser brand names to its Kwikset security hardware and Price Pfister(R) plumbing products operations."

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