Robert Kirby accepts role from Johnson & Johnson.

Handleman Company has named Robert E. Kirby president and COO. Kirby, 50, joins Handleman with more than 28 years of management and executive responsibilities.

For the past seven years Kirby has worked for Johnson & Johnson, where his most recent position was president of Personal Products Company, a business that generates more than $1 billion in sales.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, he worked at Fort James Corporation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Proctor & Gamble Company.