Specialty building products distributor Gypsum Management & Supply (GMS) promoted Travis Hendren to the role of chief operating officer. In the newly created position, Hendren will be responsible for all field operations supporting the company’s distribution yards. Hendren joined the company in 2014 and has served as the president of GMS Canada since June 2019.

“Travis is an outstanding leader and trusted partner with extensive knowledge of our business and a track record of success,” John Turner, president and CEO of GMS, said in a news release. “He has made valuable contributions as a member of the GMS leadership team over the last several years not only most recently leading our Canadian operations, but also helping to drive our expansion through acquisitions and greenfield locations in his prior role as the head of corporate development for the company.”

Hendren worked for 17 years in the financial services industry prior to joining GMS, primarily working with building products companies. Hendren joined GMS in 2014 to build the company’s corporate development team and to oversee its mergers and acquisitions efforts. During his time as vice president of corporate development, GMS opened 33 greenfield yards and completed 30 acquisitions, including its acquisition of WSB Titan, which represented the company’s entrance into Canada. In the role of president of GMS Canada, Hendren significantly grew the company’s Canadian revenues and profitability, according to GMS.

“As GMS continues to grow, the creation of the COO role will allow us to better execute on our strategic priorities and support our overall operations and our team who is directly serving our customers,” Turner said. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Travis as we drive share gains in our core products, pursue platform expansion, leverage our scale and technology to drive improved productivity and profitability, and grow our complementary product offerings.”

Tucker, Ga.-based GMS operates a network of nearly 300 distribution centers across 46 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces, offering wallboard, suspended ceiling systems, and complementary construction products.