Mitchell Lewis is now chief at BlueLinx

BlueLinx Holdings, Inc. has a new president and CEO in Mitchell Lewis, who will be leading the company effective Jan. 20.

Additionally, executive chairman Howard Cohen is stepping down, though he (and Lewis) will both serve as members of the board. Roy Haley, who has been on the board since May 2013, will take Cohen's place as non-executive chairman.

"After a thorough search, we are convinced that Mitch is the ideal candidate to lead BlueLinx," said Cohen. "We believe his experience in the building products industry and his exceptional track record of driving growth will strengthen BlueLinx and build a bright future for the company."

Lewis, who has been working in the building products industry for approximately 24 years, will be leaving his most recent position as president and CEO of Euramax Holdings, Inc., an international producer of metal and vinyl products serving the residential repair and remodel, commercial construction and recreational vehicle industries.

In the past, he also worked for Amerimax Building Products, Inc. Prior to 1992, he practiced law with Alston & Bird LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.

Lewis will also be joining the company's board of directors.