September 08, 2009 09:00 ET

Appointment to RONA Senior Management Committee

Jean-Luc Meunier will direct recruitment and development of the affiliate dealer-owner network

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2009) - RONA Inc. (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, has announced the appointment of Jean-Luc Meunier as senior vice president in charge of developing the affiliate dealer-owner network. In this role, Mr. Meunier will sit on the senior management committee and report directly to company president and CEO Robert Dutton.

Jean-Luc Meunier's team at RONA will be responsible for recruitment and development of the affiliate dealer-owner network. He will also support the dealer-owners and oversee a newly created team dedicated to exploring markets. This initiative is part of the second phase of RONA's 2008-2011 strategic plan, which is to pursue the growth of the company.

"This new appointment will allow us to step up our recruitment activities and strengthen our affiliate dealer-owner network, which is an important growth vector at RONA. Now that we have turned our attention to the growth and development objectives of our business plan, this appointment is another strategic move to reinforce our leadership position in the industry in Canada," said RONA president and CEO Robert Dutton. "Jean-Luc Meunier has developed extensive expertise over the course of his career, including his recent career with a major Canadian retailer. He has a track record that is impressive by any standard. His arrival at RONA and his position on the executive committee will be a major asset for us."

Until recently, Jean-Luc Meunier was vice president of central Canadian operations for Alimentation Couche-Tard, where he worked for over 10 years. He was responsible for some 800 points of sale. He understands affiliate dealer-owner networks very well. His contribution in terms of operational improvement programs is undeniable. Prior to working at Alimentation Couche-tard, Mr. Meunier held a number of senior management positions with Shell Canada.

"RONA is the industry leader in Canada, and I am very pleased to be joining the ranks of a dynamic company that is so focused on growth and development," RONA's new senior vice president of development for the affiliate dealer-owner network explained. "My new responsibilities are important for achieving the objectives set out in the company's strategic plan, especially the recruitment of new affiliate dealer-owners, and I know that I will be able to rely on qualified professionals and an experienced team to help me accomplish my new tasks."

About RONA

RONA Inc. is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of close to 700 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With over 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 15 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales.

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