Tractor Supply Company
), the largest operator of farm and ranch stores in the U.S., has
appointed Robert D. Mills as the Senior Vice President and Chief
Information Officer, following the retirement of James Callison.
Though Mills has joined the company, Callison will continue with
the company through the transition period. Additionally, Mills
has been named as a member of the company's Executive Committee.
Robert D. Mills possesses tangible experience in retail business,
having worked with companies like Ulta Beauty, a unit of
Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.
Sears Holdings Corp.
The Allstate Corp.
) Telecommunications Division, and Household Finance Corp. He
most recently served as the Chief Information Officer for Ulta
Beauty. Prior to this, from 2005 to 2011, he served as the Vice
President, Chief Information Officer of the online business unit
at Sears Holdings.
Mills' hands on experience in strategic technology planning,
e-commerce and operations leadership make him ideal to lead and
develop Tractor Supply's technology systems and platform.
Meanwhile, this rural lifestyle retail store chain reported
strong fourth-quarter and full-year earnings results. The company
reported fourth-quarter 2013 earnings per share of 68 cents, up
23.6% year over year, benefiting from improvement in both the top
line and margins. Net sales in the quarter improved 10.0% year
over year to $1,415.1 million primarily driven by strong
comparable-store sales performance and favorable weather
Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch store
chain in the United States. The company operates about 1,276
stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply focuses on recreational
farmers and ranchers as well as tradesmen and small
The company offers a wide array of merchandise such as
livestock, pet and animal products, maintenance products for
agricultural and rural use, hardware and tools, lawn and garden
power equipment, truck and towing products and work apparel.
Tractor Supply Co. currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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