Wayne, Pa. — Charlie Kreyer, LMC chairman of the board, announced that LMC President and CEO John Somerville has decided to retire in June. Somerville joined LMC in 2009 after a career with the Dow Chemical Company. He is also a former board member for the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, where he remains an active member today.
“The company’s financial and operational performance has been very strong over the past several years, and I am honored to have contributed to that success. Given my love for the company and the strong working relationship with the board and our extraordinary management team, it was a very difficult decision to retire,” said Somerville. “However, I have decided that it’s time for me to spend more time with my family and on other personal interests. Until my replacement is secured, it is my intention to ensure that our team builds on our success as we move through 2021.”
Under Somerville’s leadership in 2013, stockholders were represented in all 50 states nationwide and the Bahamas for the first time. During his tenure, LMC grew by over 300% to exceed $5 billion in purchases in 2020, the co-op announced.
“Today, LMC is firing on all cylinders and is doing so in no small part due to John’s superb efforts over the past decade. While we are disappointed to see John leave, we thank him for his years of leadership and dedication, and for the exceptional results during his years of service. John leaves in place a strong management team that will continue to execute our ongoing strategic initiatives that will support our long-term objectives,” said Kreyer.
A search committee has been formed to help identify Somerville’s replacement.