Advance Auto Parts AAP (NYSE), a retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, announced today that Darren R. Jackson would become president and chief executive, effective Jan. 7. Jackson, 43, replaces John C. Brouillard, who has held the roles since Michael N. Coppola resigned in May. I wrote a piece on Coppola's exit back in late May.
Jackson is a somewhat unusual choice, he was most recently an executive vice president at Best Buy Co. Inc., and has been on Advance Auto Parts' board since 2004. Jackson has both an operations and finance background along with an understanding of retail but he has never worked in the auto parts industry. We will just have to wait and see what he brings to the table as a chief executive.
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