D.A. Davidson Companies President Jim Kerr will replace long-time CEO Bill Johnstone as chief executive in January 2015, the company announced.

Kerr has nearly four-decades of experience in the securities industry. He joined Davidson in 2005, and has served as the firm's president since 2012. Kerr inherits a firm that has 400 advisors and over 1,300 employees, and which manages more than $45 billion in client assets.

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