Indianapolis, IN, USA (September 1, 2022) – Würth Industry North America (WINA), the leading industrial distributor of supply chain solutions for fasteners, MRO, and safety equipment, announced today three senior executive-level hires to support their divisional structure and position itself for continued rapid growth. Completed in 2021, their reorganization allows divisions to focus wholly on their vertical market and offer unparalleled product range, services, and expertise to their respective industries.

Bastian Rottenberg was hired as the company’s chief information officer. Rottenberg has a tremendously successful background in information technology, working for Würth Industrie Service in Germany for seven years before owning his own IT business, then rejoining the Würth Group in 2020 and joining WINA in January of 2021. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategy, design, architecture, and functionality of the enterprise-wide information systems and serves as the liaison to the Würth Group global IT group.

WINA also welcomed Ben Standhardt as vice president of process management and automation. Standhardt has been with the Würth Group since 2016 and, before joining in May, was managing director of Würth Industri Norge AS in Norway. In this role, he will be responsible for optimizing business processes and measures/key performance indicators for the divisions of WINA. Ben and his team will also focus on finding processes with the potential to be transferred to Robotic Process Automation.

Additionally, James Valdez was named chief human resources officer for Würth Industry North America. Valdez brings over 20 years of comprehensive human resources experience. He has proven experience at multi-billion dollar corporations collaborating with senior management to develop and maintain strategic and tactical plans to enable business growth and meet HR business needs. In this role, he will be responsible for driving a strategy that supports our company culture, aligns human resources programs with business requirements, and provides a foundation for employee professional growth and opportunity.

“Adding high-caliber members like Bastian, Ben, and James to our senior executive team allows Würth Industry North America to grow through our divisional structure and provides us with resources to succeed at all levels of business,” said Dan Hill, chief executive officer of Würth Industry North America. “They bring extensive industry experience and leadership styles that complement our divisional leadership teams and allow us to work together to continue to advance the business.”

About Würth Industry North America www.wurthindustry.com

Würth Industry North America (WINA) is a $1+ billion division of the Würth Group, the world’s largest industrial distributor. Within the Würth Group, founded in 1945, WINA is a privately held, family-owned business that believes satisfying customers is not enough. They inspire customers by offering solutions and innovations that move their business forward. WINA is comprised of strategically aligned, customer-centric market divisions, including Industrial, MRO, Safety, & Metalworking, Construction, and Specialty, that deliver better planning, parts management, and inventory accuracy. As global supply chain solution drivers, WINA offers superior security through its products and services, including additive manufacturing, digital inventory, engineering assistance, quality control, inventory management, vending, safety supplies, kitting and assembly, structural fasteners, and MRO/industrial supplies. With more than 420,000 parts in its international supply chain, WINA provides each customer with extensive global reach and local knowledge  from deep investment in its network of distribution centers across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. The company is the creator of the global series Würth Knowing, the industry’s first fastener education YouTube series. For more information on Würth Industry North America, visit www.wurthindustry.com

Würth Industry North America key facts:

• Industry solution drivers with both a global reach and local knowledge through a strategic network of

distribution centers across North America and Brazil

• 2,500+ employees to keep you working one step ahead

• More than 420,000 fastener, MRO, safety and PPE, metalworking, and 3D printing products, so you

have the right parts with exceptional value

• Part of the Würth Group ($20B+), which operates 400 companies in more than 80 countries and has

more than 84,000 employees


Molly Hauer | molly.hauer@wurthindustry.com

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