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Benjamin Moore Appoints Michael Searles as New CEO

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Benjamin Moore & Co., a unit of Berkshire Hathaway, announced the appointment of Michael Searles as Chief Executive Officer. Searles brings forty years of retail leadership experience to Benjamin Moore. In his career, he has served as a leader at many retail concepts, including Kids "R" Us, Wilsons Leather, and most recently Stage Stores, Inc.

"Michael Searles is a strong, adept leader who understands the importance of the independent retailer," said Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. "Mike is committed to the strategy we have set forth and the commitment we have outlined to the dealer network. We are excited to have him joining the Benjamin Moore team"

"I am excited to be joining this talented organization at this time," said Searles. "The opportunities for continued success of this iconic brand are excellent and I look forward to working with the team to make them a reality."

About Benjamin Moore & Co.
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of the North America's leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices and continues to develop the most eco-responsible formulations possible. In 2012, the company's Natura® paint received the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, acknowledging its high degree of sustainability plus rigorously tested performance. Other superior products in the Benjamin Moore Green Promise® portfolio include Aura®, Regal® Select, ben® and Ultra Spec® 500 paint for commercial interiors -- all built upon our patented Gennex® platform that has changed the industry and earned the passion and loyalty of homeowners and professional painters by delivering extremely low-VOC and peerless beauty and performance. J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Interior Paint Satisfaction Study ranked Benjamin Moore highest in consumer satisfaction, marking the third consecutive year and fourth time the company has earned this rating. Benjamin Moore paints deliver authentic Benjamin Moore colors and are available exclusively from Benjamin Moore's network of paint and decorating dealers.

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