Tractor Supply names former Ulta Beauty and Sears Holdings exec as CIO

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Tractor Supply Co., the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, announced that Robert D. Mills has joined the company as senior VP and CIO, succeeding James Callison, who is retiring. As part of the succession plan, Callison will stay with Tractor Supply until a smooth transition is completed.

Prior to joining Tractor Supply, Mills was the CIO for Ulta Beauty. From 2005 to 2011, he was VP, CIO for the online business unit at Sears Holdings Corporation, where he began as an information technology customer relationship leader in 2001.

Greg Sandfort, president and CEO, stated, "We are very pleased to welcome Rob to the Tractor Supply team. Information technology continues to be an important area of both investment and opportunity for our company. Rob's extensive retail experience in strategic technology planning, e-commerce, and operations leadership qualify him as the ideal fit to lead the continued development of our technology systems and platform. Additionally, we would like to thank James Callison for his years of service and dedication to Tractor Supply and his assistance through the transition."

Tractor Supply operates 1,276 stores in 48 states.