RALEIGH, N.C., May 11, 2009 – General Parts, Inc. announced today that Craig L. Barnes has been promoted to senior vice president, Merchandising. In his new role, he will be responsible for creating industry leading first-to-market programs utilizing our OE and global supplier base and bringing customers the highest quality products and competitive prices. Also under Barnes leadership, will be category management, global sourcing, planogramming, eServices, and commercial and retail based product lines.
“Craig’s 26 years of experience in automotive merchandising category management, store operations and supply chain management make him a perfect fit for this new role,” President & CEO Temple Sloan, III said. “He has a proven track record of delivering profitable revenue growth, operational excellence and people development.”
Barnes joined CARQUEST in 2009, and prior to that he worked for over 20 years at AutoZone Inc. in progressively responsible positions. Most recently he served as vice president Merchandising Brake Systems, Under Car, Global Sourcing and Quality, where he was responsible for sales planning and plan achievement, strategic category planning and plan execution, P&L management, new business development and supplier negotiations for brake systems, chassis, steering, ride control, drive train and exhaust categories.
As president of CARQUEST Corporation and senior vice president, Marketing, Todd Hack will continue to lead the Marketing organization, which will focus on programs and promotions targeting commercial customers, TECH-NET Professional Auto Service, CARQUEST Technical Institute, Tool & Equipment and Fleet Solutions. Hack is also responsible for the Company’s advertising and motorsports programs.