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Home Depot promotes Carmack to president of Canada division

Atlanta -- The Home Depot has promoted Aaron Carmack to president of its Home Depot Canada business, effective Jan.31.

Carmack is currently regional vice president of the Pacific North region in the U.S. In his new post, he is replacing Annette Verschuren, who has held the post since March 1996 but is leaving the company after nearly 15 years.

To assist with Carmack's transition, Verschuren will remain with the company until Jan.30, which marks the close of the company's 2010 fiscal year.

During her tenure, Verschuren is credited with growing the division from 19 stores to its current count of 179 units, making it the largest home improvement retailer in the country.

"These past fifteen years have been the best of my career," said Verschuren. "However, I am ready to take some time off and then plan the next chapter of my life."

Added Frank Blake, chairman and ceo: "We cannot thank Annette enough for all she has done for our company. She has been The Home Depot Canada's leader from its infancy and has made it what it is today. We will miss her."

Carmack, a 23-year retail veteran, will assume responsibility for the operations of all of the company's Canadian stores. He joined The Home Depot in December 2003 and was promoted in March 2007 to regional vice president, in which he oversees the performance of more than 100 stores in northern California, Nevada and Utah.

Prior to The Home Depot, he worked for Midas International and spent the first 15 years of his career with Sears.

"Aaron has been a consistent high-performing regional vice president for the past several years," said Blake. "His proven record of success, coupled with his leadership ability, makes him an ideal fit to lead our Canadian division."

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