ROANOKE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 4, 2013--
In an effort to simplify its organizational alignment, improve role
clarity and provide a more intense focus on strategic and operational
execution, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., (NYSE:AAP), a leading automotive
aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories, and maintenance
items, today announced several organizational changes.
George Sherman will be joining the Company as President. In his role as
President, Mr. Sherman will be responsible for growing Commercial and
driving excellence throughout the Company’s operations. Mr. Sherman will
lead the Company’s Commercial Sales, Field Operations, Store Operations
Support, Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Chain and Ecommerce Teams.
Mr. Sherman served as an officer in the United States Air Force for
seven years. Afterward, he was with Target for 15 years where he worked
his way from Store Manager to Regional Vice President, then served as
Senior Vice President, Store Operations for their Mervyn’s department
stores. He then moved to Home Depot where he led their installation
business as Senior Vice President and President of their Home Services
Division. Most recently, Mr. Sherman served as Senior Vice President,
Best Buy Services, which included leading the Geek Squad. Mr. Sherman
will report to Darren Jackson, Chief Executive Officer and will relocate
to Roanoke, VA.
Charles Tyson, who currently serves as Senior Vice President,
Merchandising and Marketing, has been promoted to Executive Vice
President, Merchandising, Marketing and Supply Chain. Mr. Tyson joined
Advance in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Merchandising and has been
instrumental in improving the Company’s gross profit rate, strengthening
its parts assortment and positioning the Company as an industry leader
in inventory availability. In his new role, Mr. Tyson will report to
George Sherman, President.
Jim Durkin, who currently serves as President, Autopart International
(AI), will assume the new role of Senior Vice President, Commercial
Business. Mr. Durkin will be responsible for the Company’s Commercial
Sales Team, Commercial Marketing and AI. Mr. Durkin joined AI in 2011
and under his leadership AI has seen its largest period of growth and
expansion. Before joining AI, Mr. Durkin led the global business segment
of OfficeMax where he served as Executive Vice President. Prior to
OfficeMax, Mr. Durkin served as Vice President, Sales for ARAMARK
Corporation. Mr. Durkin will report to Mr. Sherman and will relocate to
Roanoke, VA. All changes outlined above are effective April 21, 2013.
Tammy Finley, who most recently served as Vice President, Employment
Counsel and Government Affairs, has been promoted to the role of Senior
Vice President, Human Resources, effective immediately. Ms. Finley
joined Advance Auto Parts in 1998 and has served in several human
resources and legal capacities including Vice President, Human
Resources. Ms. Finley’s tenure and background in human resources will be
a tremendous asset as she takes over leadership of the Company’s human
resources functions including team member relations, organizational
development and staffing. Ms. Finley will report to Darren Jackson,
Chief Executive Officer and will continue to be based in Roanoke, VA.
“I am thrilled to welcome George to the Advance Team and I am excited
about the promotions of Charles, Jim and Tammy. Advance’s future success
lies in our ability to empower and enable our team to drive outcomes and
grow sales,” said Jackson. “In order to allow our leaders to better
inspire their teams, serve their customers and grow our business, we
needed to simplify our business alignment and clarify roles so we can
work together to build on our capabilities, accelerate our Commercial
growth and improve our profitability.”
As a result of these changes, Darren Jackson, President and CEO will
continue to operate as the Company’s chief executive officer and will
focus on strategic and leadership development. Additionally, the role of
chief operating officer, which is currently held by Kevin Freeland, has
been eliminated. Mr. Freeland, who has been with the Company since 2008
has been a critical part of the Company’s success over the past five
years and has helped build stronger Ecommerce, Supply Chain and
Inventory capabilities. The role of Senior Vice President, Commercial
Sales and Marketing, which is currently held by Donna Broome, has also
been eliminated. Ms. Broome joined the Company in 2008 and has played a
key role in developing the Company’s commercial sales force. Mr.
Freeland and Ms. Broome will both remain with the Company for a period
of time to allow for a smooth transition of their leadership
“I would like to thank both Kevin and Donna for their many contributions
to Advance and wish them the best in their future endeavors,” said
About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading
automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and
maintenance items, in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself
and professional installer markets. As of December 29, 2012, the Company
operated 3,794 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities,
customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other
offerings can be found on the Company's website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
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Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Joshua Moore, 952-715-5076