NORTH OLMSTED, OH — Palmer Holland Inc. announced that W. Bryn Irvine will retire as Chief Executive Officer effective June 30, 2021. Irvine will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors. C. Bradley Steven, who has served as President since 2017, will replace Irvine as President and CEO.
Irvine began his career as an Account Manager in the Palmer Supplies Co.'s Cincinnati, Ohio, office in 1986 before moving to the Cleveland, Ohio, office in 1996 to assume a sales management role. Irvine was instrumental in the merger of Palmer Supplies Co. and Harry Holland Co. in 2002 and led the acquisitions of Focus Chemical in 2005 and Triad Lubrication Components LLC in 2010. During his tenure as CEO, Palmer Holland Inc. grew from a regional specialty chemical distributor to one that covers the entire United States and Canada in five strategic markets. The culmination of Irvine's career came when he facilitated the conversion of the privately-held company to an Employee Stock Ownership Program in 2019, giving all employees a direct stake in the company's long-term success.
"I have had the privilege of working in the chemical distribution industry for more than 35 years, and leading Palmer Holland has been the highlight of my career," said Irvine. "It has been an absolute pleasure working with our remarkable employees and to witness the expansive growth of the company. I believe now is the right time, though, to start transitioning the leadership of the company as it will allow me to spend more time with my family."
Commenting on his new role, Steven said, "It has been a great privilege to learn from such an industry veteran over the last several years, and I am honored to have been chosen to succeed Bryn and lead such an amazing team going forward."
For more information about Palmer Holland, visit www.palmerholland.com.