The Kendall Group Announces Executive Leadership Transition

Martin Ranly (2008 tED magazine)

The Kendall Group has announced the retirement of Martin Ranly as President and CEO, a position
he has held since 1998.

“After significant thought and planning, I have decided that the time has come to hand over the leadership of The Kendall Group. I am announcing my retirement effective July 19, 2019,” Ranly said. “This company has meant a great deal to me and my family. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to serve as the President of The Kendall Group for the last 20 years. I want to give my deepest gratitude to all who have been supportive of the organization and me personally over the years. Without you, The Kendall Group would not be as strong and vibrant as it is. I am so proud of this incredible organization and look forward to watching it succeed in the coming years as it continues the values and principles that it has stood for in the past.”

While Ranly will retire from daily duties, he will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

John Harman

Additionally, the company announced the promotion of John Harman to succeed Ranly. “I am very pleased and excited to announce that the Board of Directors has unanimously appointed John Harman as President of The Kendall Group,“ Ranly said. “John has been the General Manager for Kendall Electric in Michigan and Indiana for the past five years and has spent four years on the Board of Directors. He also spent time as the Director of National Accounts and in Sales Management. The Board and I have the utmost confidence in John’s ability and experience to take The Kendall Group into the future.” Before joining Kendall in 2008, Harman worked for Cooper Industries, most recently as Regional Sales Manager for their Bussmann division.

”I am honored and humbled to be able to serve as the next president of Kendall. I thank Martin for all of the work he has put into leading The Kendall Group and developing a great culture which has provided so many opportunities for our Owner-Associates while sustaining an intense passion for customer service. I am excited for the chance to build on the foundation he has created while we move into the future.”

The Kendall Group is a 100 percent employee-owned company with more than 1,300 Owner- Associates. It is headquartered in Portage, Mich.

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