Recently, Deere & Company sold a majority of JDL to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). When Dave Werning decided to step down and retire, Lanahan had aspirations to become the next CEO. However, CD&R appointed Black to lead JDL.
“After open, honest and fair discussions, I believe the right choice was made in selecting Doug Black,” said Lanahan. “In the short time I have spent with him, I am confident about the future. He is a thoughtful and fair leader who will not only grow John Deere Landscapes to the next level, but he will do so in a way that supports employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and the community. “
Lanahan left JDL on May 30th.