Introducing Doug Black - CEO

Post date: 04-28-2014

John Deere Landscapes is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Black as Chief Executive Officer effectively immediately.  Doug succeeds Dave Werning, who will remain with John Deere Landscapes through the end of the year working with Doug to ensure a smooth transition.

"I've been very fortunate to have spent my entire 38 year working career with John Deere, with the last 14 at John Deere Landscapes being the best by some margin," said Werning.  "Getting a chance to get to know the professionals that we are privileged to work with was definitely the highlight and most rewarding."

Doug Black graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served as an Engineering Officer out of Fort Stewart, Georgia.  When you meet Doug, ask him about his journey to becoming an All-American running back and setting Army's single season rushing record.

After his military experience Doug earned an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and then gained valuable experience and insight through his work as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.  McKinsey is a world-wide leading consulting company.

Doug Black is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta, GA-based Oldcastle, Inc., a $12.6 billion building materials manufacturer and distributor and wholly owned subsidiary of Irish-based CRH, plc.  During Black's 18-year career with Oldcastle, he helped build the company from $900 million in sales to the leader in North American building materials through strong internal and acquisitive growth and industry-leading operating performance.

During his tenure at Oldcastle, Doug served as Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at both Oldcastle Materials and Oldcastle Architectural Products, which are strategic suppliers to John Deere Landscapes.  In addition, he was President of Oldcastle Precast Southeast Division and, as VP Development for Oldcastle, Inc., established Oldcastle's distribution division with the acquisition of Allied Building Products.

"I am extremely honored and excited to be joining John Deere Landscapes.  One of my first priorities is to get out in the field to get a better understanding of the business and there is no better way to do that than by meeting with you our valued customers" said Black.  "It is an exciting time for our industry.  We've all come through a difficult economic time period and with an improving economy the future looks very promising."

John Deere Landscapes has 425 stores across North America and is the leading distributor of irrigation supplies, nursery stock, outdoor lighting, maintenance and landscape supplies, primarily to the installation, lawn care, golf course and new construction markets.