Jeffrey Howe

Chief Sales Officer
HD Supply

Since spinning off from Home Depot in 2006 and then being acquired a year later by the private equity firm Bain Capital in partnership with the Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, HD Supply has outperformed most analysts predictions, tallying an $8.1 billion market cap in July. In the same month, the Atlanta-based industrial distributor defied expectations by pledging to lower health insurance costs for more than 14,000 of its employees. “I think when you have a job like mine, you have bigger responsibilities than driving profits,” the company’s CEO, Joe DeAngelo, told the wholesale distribution news outlet MDM. For Howe, a Cornell University graduate who joined HD Supply in September of 2017, the hand absolutely fits the glove.