No reason was given for Merritt’s departure.
Michael Searles brings forty years of retail leadership experience to Benjamin Moore. In his career, he has served as a leader at many retail concepts, including Kids "R" Us, Wilsons Leather,and most recently Stage Stores, Inc.
"Michael Searles is a strong, adept leader who understands the importance of the independent retailer," said Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway in a press release. "Mike is committed to the strategy we have set forth and the commitment we have outlined to the dealer network. We are excited to have him joining the Benjamin Moore team"
"I am excited to be joining this talented organization at this time," said Searles. "The opportunities for continued success of this iconic brand are excellent and I look forward to working with the team to make them a reality."