Bearings Distributors Inc. Canada has been a strategic and very important leader of the BDI Global Group of distribution companies. Following the first 24 years of our success in BDI Canada under the leadership of Bruce Johnston, Cameron Lawrence and Brian Dyke, we announce our new leadership team into this 21st century. We are proud to announce a leadership that combines the strong financial and operations skills of Ted Chisholm, President, and the strong sales, leadership, engineering, customer service and team building skills of Giovanni Chiricosta, Vice President of Sales.
The BDI Global Group was No. 25 on Industrial Distribution's 2016 Big 50 List.
This exciting BDI Canada Leadership Reorganization presents a unique, world-class management team that will lead and deliver BDI 3.0 to our Canadian customers and supplier partners.
Ted Chisholm began in industrial distribution with Peel Motion Control in 1991. Following a brief financial career as an Investment Advisor with PFSL Investments in Mississauga, Ted Chisholm worked in the USA with two (2) divisions of Emerson Electric in both a financial and marketing capacity. Ted Chisholm returned to BDI Canada in 2001 as Vice President of Finance. This role was expanded to include Vice President Finance and Information Technology in 2003. In 2011, Ted Chisholm’s role was expanded to Director of Global Business Process for BDI Global reporting to the CEO to build the internal planning and operational processes to transform BDI from a multinational company to a global industrial distribution company. This role included being the initial Program Manager for the One BDI SAP ERP System beginning in BDI Europe and BDI Canada.
Ted Chisholm took on the role of Vice President of Operations for BDI Canada leading the reorganization of BDI Canada to a central support focus using SAP tools with strong branch teams to more efficiently service the Canadian market. This focus on inventory utilization and customer service has made marked improvement in both financial and customer service metrics.
Working with Giovanni Chiricosta and the Regional and Branch Manager Teams, BDI will continue the expansion of the BDI Priority Account Team and develop the customer facing tools including the Productivity Pipeline, SmartSupply and BDI Express-and deploying the BDI Standard Selling Professional Process (SSP) for both our Priority Customers and throughout our Branch Teams.
Giovanni Chiricosta started his career at HPPDL Inc. in LaSalle, Quebec as a Sales and Engineering Project Coordinator from 1993-1995. He became Vice President and Owner of LCI Clutch and Brake Specialists in Scarborough, Ontario from 1994-1996. When BDI acquired HPPDL and LCI in 1995, Giovani Chiricosta became the Branch Manager for BDI Montreal from 1995-2000. He moved to Regional Sales and Operations Manager at which he successfully performed through 2014.
From 2014 to the present, Giovanni Chiricosta has been the Vice President Corporate Sales for BDI Canada. This exciting Team has embraced the initial critical performance tools and new customer services of BDI 3.0 and brought a new and creative approach and methodology to delivering cost effective services and productivity tools to customers in industries and commercial activities across the industrial spectrum.
Working with Ted Chisholm and the Regional and Branch Manager Teams, BDI will deploy its unique customer service and productivity tools over a more efficient and effective operational infrastructure with standard work and performance accountability.