Orkin fires its managing director

As family arguments go, it must have been a mother and a father of a row. The Rollins family is the American pest management industry’s version of the Kennedys and both Gary Rollins and son Glenn are highly regarded by anyone who has had dealings with them.

Until last Tuesday, Glenn Rollins was the Executive Vice President of Rollins Inc, the parent company of Orkin, one of the USA’s biggest pest control companies.

Orkin, which was founded in 1901 by the then 14 year old Otto Orkin, employs nearly 8,000 team members in more than 400 locations and serves approximately 1.7 million residential and commercial customers. The company is headquartered in Atlanta and specializes in termite, rodent and insect control. Orkin has locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. It also has a franchise operation in Ireland.

On Tuesday, the Board of Directors of Rollins, Inc. acting through its independent directors, fired Glen Rollins as Executive Vice President of the Company and as President of the subsidiaries of the Company including Orkin, LLC.

The Company also disclosed that Glen Rollins and his siblings recently filed a lawsuit naming as defendants Gary W. Rollins, R. Randall Rollins and Henry B. Tippie, in their capacities as trustees of certain Rollins family trusts.

The lawsuit does not implicate the Company or its operations. Gary Rollins, Randall Rollins and Henry Tippie are each directors of the Company. Gary Rollins is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Randall Rollins is the Chairman of the Company.

Gary Rollins, who served as Orkin’s President until 2004 and has been Rollins’ President since 1984, will assume these responsibilities for the time being.