Carruthers has worked with AEA Investors over the last two years and has served on TricorBraun's board of directors since AEA's purchase of the company. He previously spent 13 years with W.W. Grainger Inc., serving in various global leadership roles, most recently as Group President, Americas. In this role, he was responsible for the company's $9 billion business across North and South America, including 15,000 team members in more than 500 locations, as well as eCommerce and technology innovation for the company. In addition, Carruthers brings considerable public and private board experience, including US Foods, Ryerson Holding Corp, and Follett Corporation.
Strope has served TricorBraun for 36 years. He was appointed COO in 1997 and CEO in 2002. Under his leadership, the company has grown more than five-fold and has tremendously enhanced its capabilities by globalizing its supply chain, expanding its solutions offering and augmenting its design expertise. He will continue in an active role as Executive Chairman with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and further expanding industry and customer relationships.