John Deere Landscapes (JDL), the largest North American distributor of landscaping products, today announced the appointment of Doug Black as chief executive officer, effective immediately.  Black succeeds David Werning, who will serve as an advisor to the business until his retirement at the end of 2014.

Black is the former president and chief operating officer of Atlanta, Georgia-based Oldcastle, Inc.  During his 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.

We are grateful for Dave’s many contributions to JDL over the years and we are very glad he will be available through the leadership transition,” said Paul S.Pressler, chairman of JDL and an operating partner at CD&R.

"Doug is a proven leader and a world-class business builder who understands JDL’s business model,” said Pressler.  “He brings highly relevant experience in the materials, products and distribution sectors, as well as a track record of developing strong management teams and executing profitable growth strategies.”

"I am extremely honored and excited to be leading John Deere Landscapes as the company moves to the next level of profitable growth as an independent enterprise,” said Black.  “JDL is extremely well positioned to leverage its industry leadership in rewarding new ways, while maintaining its exceptional customer service levels."

During his tenure at Oldcastle, Black served as chief executive as well as chief operating officer at both Oldcastle Materials and Oldcastle Architectural Products.  Prior to Oldcastle, Black was with McKinsey & Company and the U.S. Army Engineer Corps.  He is a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, NY with a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.