Do it Best Corp. has announced that its president and CEO, Bob Taylor, will retire effective January 4, 2016. The co-op said that current evp and COO Dan Starr will succeed Taylor as president and CEO of the company.
Taylor’s retirement will mark a 40-year career in the home improvement industry, including serving the past 13 as president and CEO of Do it Best Corp. Taylor joined the co-op in 2001 and led the launch or expansion of numerous key member-focused programs during his tenure, while also strengthening the co-op’s financial standing, noted the company.
“Today is bittersweet— it will not be easy to leave the outstanding employee team I’ve worked with and incredible family of member-owners I’ve served,” said Taylor. “At the same time, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished during my time here, and I am very excited to see Dan step into this role, one for which he is ideally suited.”
Starr will be the fifth president and CEO in the co-op’s 70-year history. He’s served as evp and COO since 2012. During this time, he has worked closely with the co-op’s board of directors and leadership team on a number of key strategic and operational initiatives and programs, the company said. He joined Do it Best Corp. in 2005 as the director of human resources and general counsel and was named vp/human resources the following year.
“I am fortunate to have worked alongside Bob so collaboratively these past ten years,” Starr said. “It’s humbling to think about how rare a transition like this is in our co-op’s long history. I am honored for the opportunity to build on Bob’s many successes as we continue to help our members grow.”