Lowe’s Names McCanless General Counsel

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has announced that Ross W. (Bill) McCanless will be joining the company as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, effective January 12, 2015. McCanless will replace Gaither Keener, who plans to retire from the retailer following 30 years of service.

McCanless is returning to Lowe’s top legal role, a position he held from 2003 to 2006, after serving as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary for Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc. In his new role, McCanless will be responsible for directing all legal matters for Lowe’s and its subsidiaries as well as advising the chairman and board of directors on corporate governance matters.

In addition to his previous legal experience, McCanless served in a number of executive management positions with Delhaize/Food Lion, including svp, general counsel, secretary and chief administrative officer. He served as Delhaize America’s president and CEO from 1999 until 2002 as well as CEO of the Food Lion subsidiary during the same tenure.