Freeman Elliott, president of Atlanta, Ga.-based Orkin Pest Control, is retiring from his position effective Jan. 31, 2023. Patrick Chrzanowski has been named his successor.
Chrzanowski most recently served as president of Orkin’s Midwest Division, and prior to that, he served as president of the Northeast Division. He began his career at Orkin 16 years ago as a region manager and progressed through the ranks. Prior to Orkin, Chrzanowski worked at Aramark Uniform Services, Terminix and TruGreen Chemlawn. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and spent 12 years in the U.S. Navy as an officer. He also received his masters of business administration from the University of Redlands and attended the Tuck Executive Education Program at Dartmouth College in 2010.
“Pat is very passionate about accelerating growth and improving the customer experience,” said Jerry Gahlhoff, CEO and president of Orkin’s parent company, Rollins Inc. “I am looking forward to his leadership of Orkin and how he will help support employees and current and future customers.”
Elliott is retiring after 31 years at Orkin, where he started his career as a lawn care technician in 1991. He quickly advanced his career with more than 10 promotions before spending the last six years as president of Orkin. As president, Elliott was best known as a champion for Orkin’s employees, especially those in field operations, and leaders with a customer-first mindset.
In his retirement, Freeman said, he is looking forward to spending time with his wife and children.
“Freeman leaves a remarkable legacy upon his retirement with his strong track record of developing and influencing countless leaders, while setting high performance standards for our entire company,” Gahlhoff said. “I wish him all the best in his next chapter, and he will be missed here at Rollins and Orkin.”
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