Chicago, Ill. -- Grainger, distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, named James A. Garman to the role of Senior Vice President of Human Resources.
In this position, Garman will provide strategic direction and leadership for the design, development and execution of Grainger's human resource initiatives. Garman will be responsible for ensuring that Grainger's human resource policies support business objectives and that the company remains competitive in the marketplace through several key human resource functions including benefits, compensation, organization effectiveness and staffing. Garman also will lead the company's efforts to maintain effective employee relations across the organization, which includes nearly 600 worldwide branches, 17 distribution centers and 15,000 employees.
Prior to joining Grainger, Garman served as vice president, human resources for the Space Technology Division of Northrop Grumman Corporation where he was responsible for all strategic human resource functions for this space and defense business with over 8,700 employees.
From 1988 to 2002, Garman held a number of senior human resources positions at TRW prior to its acquisition by Northrop Grumman. His earlier career included several years in the human resources organization of American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
Garman earned a B.A. in Communications Arts from California Lutheran University and a M.S. in Human Resources Management and Development from Chapman University.