ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (July 1, 2003) — Jim Wheat, former CEO and president of Penske Auto Centers Inc., has joined Big O Tires Inc. as a divisional vice president.
Mr. Wheat, who started with Big O June 14, oversees the company's Northern and Southern California divisions as well as some Big O stores in Las Vegas. He currently is based in that city.
He replaced Roger Penske Jr. as president and CEO of Penske Auto Centers in 1998—a position he held until the dealership closed in 2002 following Kmart Corp.'s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.