BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec — Auto parts distributor Uni-Select Inc. has hired Brent Windom — president and CEO of Auto Plus/Pep Boys for the past year — to be president and chief operating officer, succeeding the retiring Gary O'Connor.
Uni-Select President and CEO Henry Buckley cited Mr. Windom's "extensive leadership and his strong knowledge of the Canadian automotive aftermarket" as reasons for his hiring.
Icahn Enterprises L.P., parent of Auto Plus/Pep Boys, has not commented on Mr. Windom's decision to leave, nor has it offered insight into who his successor may be.
Mr. Windom has 30 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry, including time with Uni-Select in the U.S. before the U.S. operations were sold in 2015 to Icahn Enterprises L.P.
"Brent has a solid track record of driving business growth through innovation, successful strategic initiatives and developing people," Mr. Buckley said. "He will be a key contributor in the pursuit of Uni-Select's growth ambitions."
To ensure a smooth and efficient transition, Mr. O'Connor will act as strategic adviser to Mr. Windom from July 3 through year-end, Uni-Select said.