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Benjamin Moore Paints Announces New CEO

July 10, 2012

Benjamin Moore & Co. has named Robert S. (Bob) Merritt CEO and president of the paint manufacturer, replacing Denis Abrams who headed the company for seven years.

“Benjamin Moore is an icon of American industry and a valued heritage brand among paint and coatings products,” said Merritt. “I look forward to the challenges ahead, building on the company’s successful history, and helping to prepare it for the next 50 years.”

Merritt comes to Benjamin Moore with more than three decades of management experience in the restaurant and food preparation and distribution industries. As senior VP and CFO of the Outback Steakhouse, he oversaw the initial public offering in 1991 of that franchise and its subsequent listing on the New York Stock Exchange. When working for Price Waterhouse, Merritt had clients in various industries, including a large railroad, a plumbing supply manufacturer and distributor and a manufacturer of medical imaging equipment.
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