Friday, April 5, 2013

Advance Auto Shuffles, Eliminates Executive Chairs

Advance CEO Darren Jackson
Roanoke-based Advance Auto Parts, an automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories, and maintenance items, has announced several organizational changes.

George Sherman will become president, leading Advance Commercial Sales, Field Operations, Store Operations Support, Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Chain and Ecommerce Teams.

Sherman served as Senior VVP, Best Buy Services, which included leading the Geek Squad.  He will report to CEO Darren Jackson and will be stationed in Roanoke.

Charles Tyson, who currently serves as senior VP Merchandising and Marketing, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing and Supply Chain. Jim Durkin, who serves as President, Autopart International (AI), will assume the new role of senior VP Commercial Business. Mr. Durkin will be responsible for the Company’s Commercial Sales Team, Commercial Marketing and AI.  

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. 

“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,” says 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.”
Jackson 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 held by Kevin Freeland, has been eliminated.  The role of Senior Vice President, Commercial Sales and Marketing, which is currently held by Donna Broome, has also been eliminated.  M


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