Executive Officers & Board of Directors


  • Kristen Actis-Grande

    Ms. Kristen Actis-Grande has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company in August 2020.  Prior to joining the Company, over the past seventeen years, Ms. Actis-Grande held various positions of increasing responsibility in the finance area at Ingersoll-Rand plc and Ingersoll Rand Inc. (NYSE: IR; formerly known as Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. and following Gardner Denver's acquisition of Ingersoll-Rand plc's Industrial segment on Feb 29, 2020). Most recently, from June 2020 through August 2020, Ms. Actis-Grande served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Financial Planning & Analysis at Ingersoll Rand Inc. From February 2020 to June 2020, Ms. Actis-Grande served as the Vice President of Finance, Industrial Technologies and Services EMEIA at Ingersoll Rand Inc. From August 2018 to February 2020, Ms. Actis-Grande served as the Vice President of Finance, Compression Technologies and Services at Ingersoll-Rand plc. From May 2016 to August 2018, Ms. Actis-Grande served as Vice President of Finance, Residential HVAC and Supply at Ingersoll-Rand plc. From April 2014 to May 2016, Ms. Actis-Grande served as a Director of Selling Finance and Business Initiatives, Residential HVAC and Supply at Ingersoll-Rand plc.

    Ms. Actis-Grande holds a Master's of Business Administration from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a Bachelor's of Science in finance from Lehigh University College of Business and Economics.

  • Steve Baruch

    A 25-year veteran of B2B commerce, Steve Baruch is Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for MSC Industrial Supply Co.  Steve leads MSC’s corporate strategy team, marketing strategy and execution, business development, and category management.

    Prior to joining MSC in 2008, Steve served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Managed Services for Adecco where he was responsible for leading global sales with focus on enterprise engagements and managed services strategy and execution. Previously, he held various executive positions at global electronics distributor Arrow Electronics.

    Steve has spoken at numerous industry conferences and been featured in several national and trade publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Internet Retailer and Modern Distribution Management.

  • Beth Bledsoe

    Ms. Bledsoe was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer of the Company in November 2020. Previously, she served as our Vice President and Chief People Officer from January 2019 to November 2020, and as our Director, Human Resources – Corporate Functions from February 2015 to January 2019. Prior to joining MSC, Ms. Bledsoe served in various human resources leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Ingersoll-Rand plc.

  • Erik Gershwind

    Mr. Gershwind was appointed our President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. From October 2009 to October 2011, Mr. Gershwind served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and from October 2011 to January 2013, he served as our President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Gershwind was elected by the Board to serve as a director in October 2010. Previously, Mr. Gershwind served as our Senior Vice President, Product Management and Marketing from December 2005 and our Vice President of Product Management from April 2005. From August 2004 to April 2005, Mr. Gershwind served as Vice President of MRO and Inventory Management. Mr. Gershwind has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Product, e-Commerce and Marketing. Mr. Gershwind joined the company in 1996 as manager of our acquisition integration initiative.

    Mr. Gershwind has held senior management positions responsible for key business functions of the company and is a key contributor to our current strategy and success. In addition, as our Chief Executive Officer, he brings critical perspectives to our Board on our strategic direction and growth strategy.

    Mr. Gershwind is the nephew of Mitchell Jacobson, our Non-executive Chairman of the Board, and the son of Marjorie Gershwind Fiverson, Mr. Jacobson’s sister. Mr. Jacobson and Ms. Gershwind Fiverson are also our principal shareholders. There are no other family relationships among any of our directors or executive officers.

  • Louise Goeser

    Ms. Goeser is the Chief Executive Officer of LKG Enterprises, a private advisory firm that she founded in October 2018. Ms. Goeser previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Siemens S.A. de C.V., where she was responsible for Siemens Mesoamérica, from March 2009 until her retirement in May 2018. Siemens Mesoamérica is the Mexican, Central American and Caribbean unit of multinational Siemens AG, a global engineering company operating in the industrial, energy and healthcare sectors. Ms. Goeser previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford of Mexico from January 2005 to November 2008. Prior to this position, she served as Vice President, Global Quality for Ford Motor Company from 1999 to 2005. Prior to 1999, Ms. Goeser served as General Manager, Refrigeration and Vice President, Corporate Quality at Whirlpool Corporation and held various leadership positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

    Ms. Goeser has extensive experience in senior executive positions and as a director of large public companies, and she possesses the knowledge and expertise necessary to contribute an important viewpoint on a wide variety of governance and operational issues, as well as the reporting and other responsibilities of a public company.

    Ms. Goeser was appointed a director of Watts Water Technologies, Inc. in March 2018. During the last five years, Ms. Goeser previously served as a director and a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee of Talen Energy Corporation and as a director and member of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee of PPL Corporation.

  • Mitchell Jacobson

    Mr. Jacobson was appointed our President and Chief Executive Officer in October 1995 and held both positions until November 2003. He continued as our Chief Executive Officer until November 2005. Mr. Jacobson was appointed our Chairman of the Board in January 1998 and became Non-executive Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2013. Previously, Mr. Jacobson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sid Tool Co., Inc., our predecessor company and current wholly-owned and principal operating subsidiary from June 1982 to November 2005.

    Mr. Jacobson has been instrumental to our past and ongoing growth, which reflects the values, strategy and vision that Mr. Jacobson contributes. His leadership as Chairman, experience in industrial distribution and strategic input are critically important to our Board. In addition, as one of our principal shareholders, Mr. Jacobson provides critical insight and perspective relating to the company’s shareholders.

    Mr. Jacobson is the uncle of Erik Gershwind, our President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the company, and the brother of Marjorie Gershwind Fiverson, Mr. Gershwind’s mother. There are no other family relationships among any of our directors or executive officers.

    Mr. Jacobson was appointed a director of Ambrosia Holdings, L.P. in August 2017. Mr. Jacobson previously served as a director of HD Supply Holdings, Inc. from October 2007 to December 2013.

  • Douglas Jones

    Doug Jones is MSC Industrial Supply Co.'s Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, a position he advanced to in 2014. Previously, he was our Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations, since 2009, our Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management in 2008 and before that, our Senior Vice President of Logistics since 2005. Doug joined MSC in July 2001 as Vice President of Fulfillment.

    Doug has overall responsibility for all aspects of the company's supply chain, including Distribution Operations, Logistics, Engineering, Facilities, Purchasing, Continual improvement, Innovation and Information Technology as we work to increase our customers’ speed to market. For more than 10 years, Doug has been providing a world-class service experience for our customers while driving significant improvements in operational efficiency, resulting in substantial cost savings for the company.

    Before joining MSC, Doug was Vice President, Distribution Operations for the Central Region of the United States for Fisher Scientific from 1998 to 2001. Prior to Fisher Scientific, he was part of the management team at McMaster-Carr Supply Company where, for 10 years, he held various managerial positions in Fulfillment, Finance, Purchasing and Inventory Management.

    Doug earned a master's degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and MIS from The Ohio State University. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and has also served as a member of the Fortna Advisory Board. Doug was recognized by DC Velocity magazine as a "Rainmaker" for his contributions to the supply chain profession.

  • Michael Kaufmann

    Mr. Kaufmann has served as Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Health, Inc. since January 2018. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Cardinal Health, Inc. from November 2014 to December 2017 and as Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Segment of Cardinal Health, Inc. from August 2009 to November 2014. Previously, he was Group President for the Medical distribution businesses of Cardinal Health, Inc. from April 2008 until August 2009. Mr. Kaufmann served in other executive positions with Cardinal Health, Inc. from 1990 through 2008, and prior to that he worked for almost six years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen.

    Mr. Kaufmann’s operational expertise and broad experience as a senior executive of a major healthcare services and products company makes him a valued asset to the Board. His knowledge of the distribution business and supply chain management expertise provide the Board with critical insights. In addition, having previously served as a chief financial officer of a large public company, Mr. Kaufmann brings additional finance and accounting expertise to our Board. Mr. Kaufmann qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by applicable SEC rules.

    Mr. Kaufmann is also a director of Cardinal Health, Inc.

  • Steven Paladino

    Mr. Paladino has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. since 2000. Prior to his current position, from 1993 to 2000, Mr. Paladino was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, from 1990 to 1992, he served as Vice President and Treasurer and, from 1987 to 1990, he served as Corporate Controller of Henry Schein, Inc. Before joining Henry Schein, Inc., Mr. Paladino was employed as a Certified Public Accountant for seven years, most recently with the international accounting firm of BDO Seidman LLP (now known as BDO USA, LLP).

    Mr. Paladino brings to the Board extensive financial, accounting and distribution industry expertise. Mr. Paladino’s skills in corporate finance and accounting provide the Board with expertise and depth in public company accounting issues, and his distribution-related experience provide the Board with critical knowledge and perspectives. Further, his experience as a public company director provides the Board with additional knowledge and perspectives on corporate governance matters. Mr. Paladino qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by applicable SEC rules.

    Mr. Paladino is also a director of Henry Schein, Inc.

  • Philip Peller

    Mr. Peller, who has served as our Lead Director since December 2007, was a partner of Andersen Worldwide S.C. and Arthur Andersen LLP from 1970 until his retirement in 1999. He served as Managing Partner of Practice Protection and Partner Affairs for Andersen Worldwide S.C. from 1998 to 1999 and as Managing Partner of Practice Protection from 1996 to 1998. He also served as the Managing Director of Quality, Risk Management and Professional Competence for Arthur Andersen’s global audit practice.

    Mr. Peller’s extensive experience in global audit, financial, risk and compliance matters provides invaluable expertise to our Board. In addition, Mr. Peller’s accounting background and experience allow him to provide the Board with unique insight into public company accounting issues and challenges, and also qualify him as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by applicable SEC rules.

  • Greg Polli

    Greg Polli is Senior Vice President, Category Management. Greg serves as the primary point of contact to MSC's supplier community and has responsibility for category strategies, product line profitability, new product and business development, private branding, global procurement, and purchasing and operational costs. Since 1989, he has held a variety of leadership roles throughout our metalworking and MRO categories as well as other strategic company areas. Previously, he served as our Vice President, Product Management from November 2005 to July 2015, our Vice President, Metalworking from November 2002 to November 2005, our Vice President, Metalworking Merchandising from April 2002 to November 2002 and our Vice President, Product from October 1999 to April 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Polli held various positions of increasing responsibility at our company in product management and merchandising since joining our company in 1988.

    Greg has served on multiple industry boards, including the Industrial Supply Manufacturers Association and the Industrial Supply Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Long Island chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He serves as President of the George Polli Foundation, which has raised more than $1.5 million for research toward the cure and treatments for type 1 diabetes.

    Greg graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor's degree in marketing.

  • Rudina Seseri

    Ms. Seseri is the Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, LLC, a Boston-based venture capital firm that invests in artificial intelligence and frontier technology companies, which she founded in November 2015. In January 2018, Ms. Seseri was appointed by the Harvard Business School as Rock Venture Capital Partner. Prior to her appointment, she served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the university since 2014. From January 2007 to November 2015, Ms. Seseri worked at Fairhaven Capital, a technology venture capital firm, as a senior associate from January 2007 to December 2010, and as a partner from December 2010 to November 2015.  From 2005 to 2007, she served as a Senior Manager in the Corporate Development Group of Microsoft Corp. She served as a Senior Analyst in the Investment Banking, Technology Group of Credit Suisse from 2000 to 2003.

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