W.W. Grainger Inc. (Lake Forest, Ill.): O.W. Eric Nowlin has been named president, Acklands – Grainger, Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary. In this role, Nowlin will oversee the growth and performance of Acklands – Grainger and will report directly to Mike Pulick, senior V.P. and president, Grainger International. Nowlin joined Grainger's U.S. business in 2006 as a regional branch services V.P. He was later named V.P., business development and most recently served as V.P. of customer service, where he led Grainger's multi-channel customer service network in the U.S. comprising 5,800 team members, 370 U.S. branches, eCommerce, phone centers, KeepStock customer engagements and Grainger's service offerings. As part of his new role, Nowlin will relocate to the Greater Toronto Area. Prior to joining Grainger, Nowlin spent more than 20 years with Maytag. He holds a BS in business administration from Bowling Green State University.