Lumber Liquidators announced that John M. Presley is resigning as CEO, effective November 9, 2016 and the Board of Directors has appointed Dennis R. Knowles (in the photo), the company's Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Mr. Presley as CEO.
Mr. Presley is resigning from the Board of Directors effective December 15, 2016 and Mr. Knowles has been elected to the Board, effective the same date, as a director in the class of directors whose current terms expire in 2017.
Mr. Knowles joined the Company in March 2016 as Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Company's stores organization, sales, merchandising and marketing, installation, distribution and related operations.
Mr. Knowles previously served in store operations leadership roles at Lowe's Companies, Inc. since 2001, most recently as Chief Store Operations Officer. In addition to overseeing store operations at Lowe's, Mr. Knowles had broad strategic and operational leadership roles in merchandising, installation, internet sales, specialty sales, proprietary credit and communications, contributing to Lowe's growth in sales and earnings during his tenure there.
Mr. Presley served as a Director of the Company since April 2006, stepping forward in November, 2015 to serve as the Company's CEO.
Lumber Liquidators is North America's largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring.