Auto Service World
News   January 13, 2010   by Auto Service World

Uni-Select Inc. Announces Organizational Changes

Uni-Select Inc. has announced a new organizational structure for its North American automotive business.

Gary O’Connor, executive vice president, who was responsible for the Canadian division of Uni-Select, has been given the responsibility of managing the business with independent distributors and major accounts for all of North America. O’Connor is a veteran of the industry having served for more than 30 years with several manufacturers of the automotive aftermarket industry.

William Alexander has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vice president for corporate stores in the U.S. In his new role, he is responsible for all aspects of the business serving technicians through Uni-Select’s network of company-owned stores. “Willi” is a well-known figure in the industry also having 30 years of experience in the distribution business. He has served as regional vice president at Uni-Select USA since 2008. He is also the current chairman of Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA).

James Buzzard has been appointed to the newly-created position of senior vice president, Corporate Development USA. In this new role, he will be responsible for Uni-Select’s acquisition efforts within the U.S. He has more than 35 years experience in the automotive aftermarket having been part, for the last five years, of Uni-Select’s senior management team. He is a past Board member of AWDA and is a past chairman of Independent Auto Parts of America (IAPA).

The Uni-Select Network includes more than 2,500 independent jobbers and services 3,500 points of sale in North America and is headquartered in Montreal.