Robert Whitty has announced his plans to step down as president and CEO of Bartle & Gibson effective February 3, 2020. He will be succeeded in the role by Martin Lower, currently the company’s director of finance.
Whitty will remain with the Western Canada-based plumbing, heating and electrical distributor in an advisory role until his official retirement in June 2020. He has worked for the company for 41 years, serving as president and CEO for the last 18.
Whitty has made significant contributions to the electrical and plumbing industries during his tenure, including representing Bartle & Gibson as an active member in the AD Electrical and AD Plumbing buying groups and serving a term as chairman of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH).
Lower, pictured, a qualified CPA, is stepping up after 14 years at the company. Prior to joining Bartle & Gibson, he worked in real estate development and public practice accounting.
He said, “Although there is a change in leadership, our focus on exceeding our customers’ expectations will remain. I look forward to working with our exceptional group of employees and supplier partners who are committed to delivering an industry-leading combination of service and products to our valued customers.”
Bartle & Gibson was established in 1944 and has grown to 31 branches with over 450 employees.