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Benjamin Moore names new CEO

An executive with 32-years of experience takes over as Mike Searles retires.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Benjamin Moore & Co. promoted Dan Calkins, currently president and COO, to the post of chairman and CEO, effective immediately. Calkins now reports to Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Greg Abel and succeeds Mike Searles, who retired after five years at the helm of the company.

Calkins began his career with the company in 1987 as a sales trainee. Throughout his 32-year tenure with Benjamin Moore & Co., Calkins has held a series of progressively influential and responsible positions. In recent years, Calkins served as president of global sales where he influenced growth and a strategy for expanding distribution through the independent channel, the company said.

Dan Calkins

“Benjamin Moore & Co. has long established itself as an industry leader, and under Dan Calkins’ guidance, we believe they are primed for an accelerated trajectory into the future,” said Greg Abel, Berkshire Hathaway vice chairman. “Dan embodies the Benjamin Moore core values and both his proven track record and strong business acumen give us incredible confidence for the company’s future success.”

Calkins served on the board of Alpha Workshops, the nation’s only nonprofit organization providing decorative arts education and employment to at-risk youths and adults with disabilities or other vulnerabilities.

Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded by Benjamin Moore in 1883. Its paint lines include Aura, Regal Select, Century, and ben.

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