Wilmar LLC, a supplier, distributor and category manager of tools, hand tools and equipment for customers in the automotive aftermarket, hardware, farm and fleet and industrial end markets and a portfolio company of Rainier Partners, has hired Ken Hartman as its chief executive officer.

With over 20 years of leadership experience in the tool and equipment industry, Hartman brings a track record of business expansion through the development and execution of growth strategies. Prior to joining Wilmar, Hartman served as vice president and general manager of ESAB. Before that, he held the title of president of Mac Tools at Stanley Black & Decker, vice president of aftermarket at Thermo King and leadership positions at Chief Automotive Technologies and Snap-On Tools.

“Ken is a proven leader in the tool and equipment space, and his transformational leadership experience will be instrumental in identifying key growth opportunities while maintaining the culture and customer focus that makes Wilmar special,” states Dave Shephard.