Rollins Inc.‘s board of directors approved the company’s long-term leadership succession plan that will promote the current president and COO, Jerry Gahlhoff Jr., to become CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
Gary Rollins, current chairman and CEO, is expected to remain as chairman of the board of directors. In preparation for this expected promotion, Gahlhoff will spend the next five months working on this transition with Rollins and John Wilson, vice chairman of Rollins.
“I’ve had the pleasure of supporting the company and our pest control business for over 56 years and am fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead this great organization,” said Rollins, a Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer (Class of 2012). “I look forward to Jerry’s advancement and my continuation as Chairman of the Board. I am extremely pleased with our succession plan and our outstanding leadership team.”
Gahlhoff joined Rollins during the company’s 2008 acquisition of HomeTeam, where he served a variety of leadership roles, including president. He was named president and COO of Rollins in 2020 and joined the board of directors of 2021.
“Jerry is an exceptional leader, with great vision and a deep understanding of our industry and our customers,” Rollins said. “His years of service have been marked by outstanding performance, most recently as our president and COO. Jerry has had the unique opportunity to be intimately involved in almost every facet of our organization. I have the utmost confidence he will continue to build on the strong heritage of our organization, and its track record.”
Gahlhoff added, “I am deeply honored to be named incoming CEO and look forward to leading this great organization into our next phase of growth and achievement. I am confident that the solid foundation Gary and others have created over the years — grounded in our culture of providing excellent customer service and business expansion — will serve us for years to come. Our entire organization is grateful for Gary’s leadership, and I know we will continue to benefit from his vision and guidance as our Chairman.”