ATLANTA, GA -- BlueLinx Holdings Inc, a leading distributor of building products in North America, announced that Mitchell B. Lewis has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective as of January 20, 2014. At that time, Mr. Lewis also will be appointed as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Lewis, 51, brings significant experience in the building products industry, an exceptional track record of driving growth and extensive leadership experience, most recently serving as a President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Euramax Holdings, Inc., a leading international producer of metal and vinyl products sold to the residential repair and remodel, commercial construction and recreational vehicle markets primarily in North America and Europe.
Mr. Howard Cohen, Executive Chairman of BlueLinx' Board of Directors, said: "After a thorough search, we are convinced that Mitch is the ideal candidate to lead BlueLinx. We believe his experience in the building products industry and his exceptional track record of driving growth will strengthen BlueLinx and build a bright future for the Company."
Mr. Lewis has held numerous leadership positions in the building products industry since 1992. Mr. Lewis served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Euramax Holdings, Inc. from February 2008 through November 2013. Mr. Lewis also served as chief operating officer in 2005, executive vice president in 2002, and group vice president in 1997 of Euramax Holdings, Inc. and its predecessor companies. Prior to being appointed group vice president, Mr. Lewis served as president of Amerimax Building Products, Inc. Prior to 1992, Mr. Lewis served as corporate counsel with Alumax Inc. and practiced law with Alston & Bird LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lewis received a B.A. in Economics from Emory University in 1984 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1987.
Mr. Lewis said: "BlueLinx has a strong history of dedication to customer service and innovation. I look forward to working with the BlueLinx team to continue to provide excellent service to our customers while delivering value to our stockholders over the long term."
Also effective as of January 20, 2014, Mr. Cohen will step down as Chairman of BlueLinx' Board of Directors, and will remain a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Cohen said: "It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to serve as the Company's Executive Chairman over the past several months. BlueLinx' management team is committed to the Company's success, and I am very appreciative of the support I have received during my tenure as Executive Chairman."
The Board has appointed Mr. Roy Haley as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Haley has been a member of the Board of Directors since May 2013. Until his retirement in May 2011, Mr. Haley served as the Executive Chairman of WESCO International, Inc. ("WESCO") a wholesale supplier of electrical and other industrial and construction supplies and services, and, until September 2009, also was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WESCO. Mr. Haley currently is a member of the Board of Directors of United Stationers Inc. ("United") and serves as Chair of United's Audit Committee.
Mr. Haley said: "I am pleased to have the opportunity to act as BlueLinx' Board Chairman. I look forward to assisting with Mitch's transition into the role of Chief Executive Officer and working more closely with both the Board and management."