BlueLinx announces CEO succession moves

Top BlueLinx exec Mitch Lewis is retiring in June with Dwight Gibson announced as the distributor's next CEO.
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Mitch Lewis

Building products distributor BlueLinx Holdings announced that Mitchell Lewis will retire as president and CEO, effective June 7.

Following a comprehensive search process, which commenced in the fall of 2020, the company’s board of directors has elected Dwight A.K. Gibson as the Company’s incoming president and CEO. The succession is also effective June 7.

Gibson will be appointed to the board once he joins the company with Lewis serving in an advisory capacity until the end of 2021. Lewis will also remain a director on the BlueLinx Board after his retirement.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to thank Mitch for his many years of leadership and service to our Company and its stakeholders,” stated Kim Fennebresque, BlueLinx chair. “He has built a lasting legacy, one that has positioned BlueLinx as a leading two-step wholesale building products distributor in the United States. We wish Mitch well as he enters into a well-deserved retirement and look forward to having him support Dwight during the transition period, while remaining as a director on our board.”

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Dwight Gibson

Fennebresque said that Gibson’s managing complex supply chains, multi-faceted sales channels, commercial expansions, product development and identifying, acquiring and integrating companies, position him as an ideal fit for his new role at BlueLinx. 

“He is a strategically-minded executive, one well-equipped to lead the profitable growth of the organization in both new and existing markets,” Fennebresque said.

Gibson was most recently chief commercial officer at SPX Flow, Inc., a provider of process solutions and previously led its Food and Beverage Segment as President. Prior, Gibson worked for Ingersoll Rand for 13 years and served as president of Climate Strategic Initiatives.

“It has been my distinct privilege to serve the BlueLinx team during the last seven years,” said Lewis said. “Dwight is an exceptional leader, one uniquely qualified to lead the organization into its next phase of growth. I look forward to working with him in the years ahead as he accelerates the momentum we are currently enjoying.”

Based in Marietta, Ga., BlueLinx services 15,000 national, regional, and local dealers, specialty distributors, national home centers, and manufactured housing customers in 40 states.