John A. Somerville Jr., sales vice president at Dow Building Solutions North America, was named today as president and CEO of Lumbermens Merchandising Corp. (LMC), the $3 billion buying co-op for 350 LBM companies with 1,200 facilities nationwide, effective Oct. 1.

John Somerville
Courtesy LMC John Somerville

LMC board chairman Bill Shelly said Somerville "has a passion for the building materials business, is heavily involved in industry organizations and brings a level of expertise that will be a tremendous asset to LMC as we shape our future."

Somerville said in a press statement said he looks forward to working with LMC staff and shareholders. "We will collaborate on strengthening the organization with the development of a strong strategy to position LMC for growth, as we come through this current challenging economic cycle," he said.

Somerville succeeds Anthony J. DeCarlo, who is retiring after 32 years at LMC. While at the Wayne, Pa.-based organization, DeCarlo helped LMC become one of America's biggest, most successful LBM co-ops and the only one ProSalescited in its recent PS20 list of the 20 most significant people, products, trends, and technologies shaping the construction supply industry since the magazine's founding in 1989.

According to LMC's news release, Somerville joined Dow in 1974 as a sales representative for the Building Materials business covering the northeast United States and mid-Atlantic areas. In 1995, he was named director of marketing and sales for North America Fabricated Products, and one year later was named commercial director for Dow's North American building materials business. He became named sales vice president in 2007.

Somerville also is chair of the Manufacturers Service Council at the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association and serves on the Policy Advisory Board for the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.