DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. (“DIRTT”, the “Company”, “we” or “us”) (Nasdaq: DRTT, TSX: DRT), an interior construction company that uses proprietary software to design, manufacture and install fully customizable environments, today announced the departure of Kevin O’Meara as the Company’s CEO and as a director. Todd Lillibridge, the Board Chair, has been appointed Interim CEO, and will serve until his replacement is named. The Board also named Michael Ford as Lead Independent Director for the period Mr. Lillibridge serves as CEO.
The Board has retained an executive search firm to help it identify a permanent leader for the Company. Mr. Lillibridge does not intend to be a candidate for the permanent role.
Mr. Lillibridge has served on the DIRTT Board since 2017. He has over thirty years of executive experience in the healthcare real estate industry, having founded and built a multi-billion-dollar medical office building business. He is guided by passion, persistence, and humility, and has extensive experience in leadership roles, strategic planning, property investments, debt and equity financing, facility development and property operations.
“Todd is the ideal person to lead the company during this interim period,” said Mr. Ford. “He is approachable, deliberate and strategic. His work with leaders in the healthcare industry, which continues through his service on two leading academic medical centre boards, will be of real value as DIRTT looks to grow this important part of the business. He has a proven ability to seize new opportunities, motivate teams, delight customers and partners, and drive financial performance.”
Mr. Ford added that DIRTT has a well-developed strategy and needs a leader who can advance that while navigating the challenges and opportunities COVID-19 has created. “We need to adapt our approach to ensure we are well-placed to serve the changing needs of our client base.”
“This is a company with enormous potential. I look forward to working with our talented team to adapt and execute our strategy to address what we believe will be a higher demand for flexible workspaces,” Mr. Lillibridge said. “By empowering our people with the support, resilience and agility they need to flourish, we can optimize our performance, and drive towards profitability for the benefit of our shareholders and all other stakeholders.”
Mr. Ford thanked Mr. O’Meara for his service to the Company. “On behalf of the Board of Directors and everyone at DIRTT, I would like to thank Kevin for his positive contributions to our company, including his role in the development and implementation of our strategic plan. We wish him the best.”
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DIRTT is a global leader in industrialized construction. Its system of physical products and digital tools empowers organizations, together with construction and design leaders, to build high-performing, adaptable, interior environments. Operating in the commercial, healthcare, education, and public sector markets, DIRTT’s system provides total design freedom, and greater certainty in cost, schedule, and outcomes. Headquartered in the US and Canada, DIRTT trades on Nasdaq under the symbol “DRTT” and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DRT”.