Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced the departure of Michael C. Creedon, Jr., executive vice president, U.S. stores effective September 30, 2022. Mr. Creedon will be succeeded by Herman L. Word, Jr. (“Junior”) who has been promoted to executive vice president, U.S. stores and Carquest Independents. Mr. Word joined Advance in February 2003 and has served in his current role as Division President, Carquest North America, leading our Carquest Independents since June 2019.
“We are extremely grateful for the numerous contributions Mike has made in his nine years with Advance,” said Tom Greco, Advance’s president and chief executive officer. “Under Mike’s leadership, we have significantly improved overall store operations and built a much stronger field team and culture. We thank him for his service and wish Mike and his family nothing but continued success as he begins his next chapter as a chief operating officer.”
Greco continued, “Over the past several years, we’ve been highly focused on building a deep bench of talented leaders at Advance and I am delighted to announce Junior’s well-deserved promotion. Since joining Advance nearly 20 years ago, Junior has distinguished himself as an outstanding operator and developer of talent. He has performed all of the key jobs within Advance’s store operations and has consistently led our performance in numerous field assignments over many years. Most recently, he has significantly accelerated the performance of our Carquest Independents by increasing sales and adding over one hundred new locations in the past three years. Under Junior’s leadership of our more than 6,000 corporate and independently owned stores, we are well positioned to further execute our strategic objectives.”
About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of July 16, 2022 Advance operated 4,724 stores and 312 Worldpac branches primarily within the United States, with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also served 1,329 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and various Caribbean islands. Additional information about Advance, including employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
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