Mitchell B. Lewis takes the reins of BlueLinx on Jan. 20 as president and CEO of the financially troubled Atlanta-based distributor, the company announced today.
Lewis, 51, comes to BlueLinx from Euramax Holdings, a producer of metal and vinyl products for the residential repair and remodel, commercial construction and recreational vehicle markets, where he was president and CEO.
“After a thorough search, we are convinced that Mitch is the ideal candidate to lead BlueLinx,” says executive chairman Howard Cohen. “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.”
Lewis succeeds former president and CEO George Judd who left the firm in May 2013 after presiding over a six-year period of losses beginning during the housing market collapse in 2006. In its most recently third quarter 2013 earnings statement, BlueLinx a net loss in the quarter of $3.2 million, compared to year-ago net income of $3 million, while net sales in the quarter totaled $558 million, a 12% increase over second quarter 2012 net sales of $496.8 million.
While at Euramax Holding, Lewis served as a director, president and CEO from 2008 to 2013. He was chief operating officer in 2005, executive vice president in 2002, and group vice president in 1997.
Prior to 1992, Lewis was corporate counsel with Alumax and practiced law with Alston & Bird LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He received a B.A. in Economics from Emory University in 1984 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1987.
"BlueLinx has a strong history of dedication to customer service and innovation,” Lewis said. “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 on Jan. 20, Cohen will step down as chairman of BlueLinx, but will remain a member of the board of directors. Roy Haley was named non-executive chairman of the board.
According to BlueLinx's website, the company employs 1,900 at 50+ company-owned locations, 50+ reload centers, and a fleet of more than 500 trucks and 900 trailers in major metropolitan of the U.S. BlueLinx distributes sells to more than 11,500 customers operating 25,000 locations across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands.