CINCINNATI —Cintas Corporation announced April 1 that Scott Farmer, Cintas chairman & chief executive officer, will retire as CEO on May 31. Farmer will remain executive chairman, a role he has held since 2016.
The company also announced that its board of directors has increased the number of directors from eight to nine and elected Todd Schneider as chief executive officer & president and a director of the company, effective June 1.
“It has been a great privilege to serve as Cintas’ CEO for 18 years. The company has grown and changed significantly over that time but our core values and the culture that binds our employee-partners together has remained a steady foundation for the success Cintas has achieved,” Mr. Farmer said. “I am proud of our many collective accomplishments, including the innovative products and services we provide our customers as well as the tremendous dedication of our employee-partners. Our company is in a position of financial strength, with a strong and experienced leadership team executing a proven strategy that has allowed our continued success even through the recent pandemic, making this the appropriate time for an orderly transition.”
Under Mr. Farmer’s leadership the company’s revenue grew from $2.69 billion in 2003 to more than $7 billion at the end of its previous fiscal year. Cintas Lead Director, Joe Scaminace said, “Scott has done a great job leading Cintas through years filled with challenges, change and opportunities, including the Great Recession and the recent pandemic as well as the integration of SAP technology across the organization at the same time the company was integrating its largest acquisition to date, G&K Services. The entire Cintas Board of Directors thanks Scott for his service to the company as CEO and we are grateful that he remains at the helm as Executive Chairman.”
After a comprehensive succession planning process, the Board unanimously selected Mr. Schneider to assume the position of CEO. “Todd joined Cintas’ Management Trainee program right out of college in 1989. He has held many positions over the course of 32 years. Todd has an extensive knowledge of our company, fully supports and exemplifies our culture and has served as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer since 2018, which will ensure a seamless transition. Todd is undeniably the right person to lead Cintas to even greater success in the future,” said Mr. Farmer.
“I am honored that the board selected me as the next CEO of this great company and grateful for the opportunity to build on the long trajectory of success that Cintas has achieved under Scott Farmer’s leadership,” said Mr. Schneider. “With the proven leadership team currently in place, along with our exemplary employee-partners providing excellent care to our customers, I believe Cintas’ future is brighter than ever.”
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get ready to open their doors with confidence every day by providing products and services that help keep their customers’ facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With offerings including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday. The company is also the creator of the Total Clean Program™ — a first-of-its-kind service that includes scheduled delivery of essential cleaning supplies, hygienically clean laundering, and sanitizing and disinfecting products and services.