Donahue, previously president and COO, will take over as CEO from Tom Gallagher, who will remain chairman of the company’s board of directors.
The interests of Genuine Parts Company include UAP Inc., NAPA Auto Parts, Olympus Imported Parts, Altrom, NAPA AutoCare, NAPA Autopro, Covs Parts (Australia), Exego Group (Repco), and AutoTodo (Mexico).
Donahue, 59, has been GPC’s president since 2012, and was president of the U.S. Automotive Parts Group from 2009 to 2015. He previously served as executive vice president of GPC from 2007 to 2009 and president and COO of S. P. Richards Company from 2003 to 2007. Prior to joining the Company in 2003, Donahue was president of Newell Rubbermaid’s Sanford North American division.
“We are extremely pleased to name Paul as only the fifth CEO in the 88-year history of Genuine Parts Company,” said Gallagher. “Paul is a proven executive and has demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities in his 13 years with us. His deep knowledge and understanding of the company as well as his vast industry experience make him the right person to successfully lead our company into the future.”