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Stride Tool Names New Board Member

Stride Tool Inc., a designer and manufacturer of specialty hand tools, has announced the appointment of automotive industry veteran Paul Baffico to its board of directors.

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH — Stride Tool Inc., a designer and manufacturer of specialty hand tools, has announced the appointment of automotive industry veteran Paul Baffico to its board of directors.

Baffico brings considerable automotive industry experience to the Stride Tool team. A former senior officer of Sears, Roebuck and Co., Baffico served as automotive group president, chairman and CEO of Western Auto. He played a key role in the company’s 1993-1999 turnaround and was directly responsible for the transformation, growth and development of the automotive business, which produced $4.5 billion in revenue. He was a member of the Sears Executive Committee and reported to the chairman and CEO.

After culminating his 34-year career with Sears, Baffico founded Invisible Intellect, LLC, a management consulting firm. His current client list includes: American Express Tax and Business Services; R. L. Polk & Co.; Walker Racing, Inc.; A.T. Kearney; Chanin Capital Partners; BVerticals, Inc.; Siemens VDO Automotive; and Prefix, Inc.

Stride Tool designs, manufactures and markets professional and DIY hand tools for a global customer base. Its Imperial brand will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2005 and is sold through HVAC, retail, industrial and automotive distribution. The privately held company operates production facilities in Illinois, New York and Ohio.

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