Ace Hardware Chairman Becomes Prestigious NACD Fellow

David Ziegler Earns National Association of Corporate Directors Fellowship

OAK BROOK, Ill., January 29, 2013 – Ace Hardware Corporation and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) are pleased to announce that David Ziegler of Elgin, Ill. has become an NACD Fellow, the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals. Ziegler currently serves as chairman for the Ace Hardware Corporation board of directors.

As a NACD Fellow, Ziegler has demonstrated his knowledge of the leading trends and practices that define exemplary corporate governance today, and has committed to developing professional insights through a sophisticated course of ongoing study.

“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up NACD’s Fellowship program and who have committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom leadership,” said Ziegler. “The resources, insights and connections I’ve made through NACD’s Fellowship program will be key assets to the companies I serve, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”

Ziegler, 57, was named chairman of Ace Hardware Corporation’s board of directors in 2008. Prior to his appointment, Ziegler was an Ace board member for seven years. He served as chairman of the Compensation and Human Resources committee during his tenure, as well as chairman of the Supply Chain Committee. Currently he serves on the Ace International Holdings board of directors, he is also a member of Ace’s Nominating and Governance, and Finance committees.

Ziegler is co-owner of Ziegler’s Ace Hardware, a 9-store chain in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with stores in Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, South Elgin and two locations in Elgin. The first store opened in 1930. Ziegler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Drake University and is a certified public accountant.

“We are proud to announce that Ziegler has joined NACD’s credentialed directors and has taken the next step in the pursuit of boardroom excellence,” said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. “Our fellows help advance the highest standards for those who serve in the boardroom, strengthening our businesses and driving director professionalism. The impact of this program is unmatched and they should be commended for their ongoing commitment to their own professional development.”

Candidates for NACD's Fellowship Program complete a strong foundation course which focuses on topical matters and committee-specific issues, followed by additional NACD education within a 12- month period. NACD Fellows renew their status every year, maintaining and advancing their knowledge with continuous learning and peer-led collaboration.

Media Contact:

Kate Kirkpatrick
630-990-1478
kkirk@acehardware.com

Sash Bigda
630-990-6920
sbigda@acehardware.com

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