AKRON (July 23, 2015) — John C. Orr, president and CEO of Myers Industries Inc., plans to retire as a company officer effective Dec. 31.
The board of directors of Akron-based Myers has engaged DHR International Inc. to conduct a search for Mr. Orr's successor. The company said the announcement “guarantees adequate time to find the optimal candidate who has the skills to continue the success” of the firm, noting that Mr. Orr will work with the board “to select the best qualified successor and to ensure an orderly transition of the management of the company.”
Mr. Orr, who was hired by Myers in 2000 as part of its succession strategy, became president and CEO in 2005.
As CEO, Myers said “he effected the transformation of the company's operations, including a systematic execution of strategic plans to consolidate the business portfolio of disparate businesses into today's two major operating segments: Distribution and Material Handling.” During his CEO tenure the company said it developed a significant manufacturing presence in Brazil and modernized the legacy Distribution business that started the company in 1933.