Genuine Parts Co. has announced that its board of directors elected P. Russell Hardin as a new independent director of the company. Hardin is president of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. These foundations manage approximately $10 billion in assets and distribute approximately $400 million in grants each year, which support Georgia’s institutions in the areas of education, health, human welfare, the environment, community and economic development, philanthropy and volunteerism and the arts. Hardin joined the Foundations’ staff in 1988 and was named president in 2006. Previously, Hardin practiced law with the Atlanta firm of King & Spalding.
Tom Gallagher, chairman of Genuine Parts Co., said, “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Hardin as our newest director. Russ is an extremely talented executive with a wealth of management, business and legal experience and knowledge that make him a valuable addition to our board. We look forward to his contributions as a director of the company.”
Paul Donahue, president and CEO of Genuine Parts Co., also announced the company has increased the number of shares of its common stock authorized for repurchase by 15 million shares. “The company will continue to make advantageous purchases from time to time on the open market or in unsolicited negotiated transactions,” he said.
The company’s share repurchase program originally authorized the repurchase of 15 million shares in August 1994, another 15 million in April 1999, August 2006 and November 2008, for a total authorization of 60 million shares. Through the current date, the company has purchased approximately 57.6 million shares under this program and remains authorized to complete the purchase of the approximately 2.4 million shares outstanding.
Donahue concluded, “We are pleased with the progress in the current repurchase program and believe this additional authorization will help to further enhance shareholder value.”