Genuine Parts names Paul Donahue CEO, president

Genuine Parts Co., operator of the NAPA auto parts brand, has a new leader.

The Atlanta-based company on Monday named Paul D. Donahue chief executive officer and president. Tom Gallagher, who had been CEO, will remain part of the company by continuing his role as board chairman.

Paul Donahue

Paul Donahue

“We are extremely pleased to name Paul as only the fifth CEO in the 88 year history of Genuine Parts Company,” Gallagher said in a statement.

“Paul is a proven executive and has demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities in his 13 years with us,” he said. “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.”

Donahue, 59, has served as president of Genuine since 2012 and also was president of the company’s U.S. Automotive Parts Group from 2009 to 2015.

Before that, Donahue was executive vice president of Genuine Parts from 2007 to 2009 and president and chief operating officer of S. P. Richards Company from 2003 to 2007. PauDonahue’s resume also includes a stint as president of the Sanford North American division of Newell Brands, formerly known as Newell Rubbermaid.

“It has been a privilege to serve as president for the last four years, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside our board of directors and management team in my new role<” Donahue said. “I am excited to continue to work closely with our outstanding employees to build upon our momentum, execute our strategic priorities and create significant value for all Genuine Parts stakeholders.”

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