Uni-Select Inc. announced that it has expanded its mergers and acquisitions team in both the U.S. and Canada to support planning and integration in alignment with growth objectives.
At FinishMaster, Craig Stevenson was appointed vice president, mergers and acquisitions, and Jeff Sharp was named manager, mergers and acquisitions integration. In addition, at Automotive Canada, Robert Price was appointed vice president, business integration, Automotive Canada.
“The expansion of this team reinforces our commitment to gain density in key markets and provide exceptional service to more customers in our industry,” said Steve Arndt, president and chief operating officer, FinishMaster. “Building scalable integration strategy and driving customer-focused process will support our organization as we expand.”
Stevenson, as the vice president, mergers and acquisitions, is responsible for all business aspects, including management of cross-functional teams and leading integration process planning. The company says his industry expertise and program management skills will drive successful post-acquisition growth. Stevenson has 37 years of experience, most recently as regional vice president for FinishMaster’s southern region.
Sharp, as manager, mergers and acquisitions integration, is primarily responsible for tactical integration efforts. His proficiency in financial analysis will support due diligence, planning, budgeting and other key components to ensure a successful merger, according to the company. Sharp has 17 years of industry experience, most recently as director of business analytics.
“Given his proven abilities in business transformation and integration, Robert will be a great addition to our strong team with the mandate to pursue Uni-Select Canada’s growth,” said Gary O’Connor, president and chief operating officer, Automotive Canada.
Price, as the vice president, business integration, Automotive Canada, is primarily responsible for tactical integration efforts in Canada as well as for all business aspects including management of cross-functional teams and leading integration process planning. Price has more than 25 years experience in the operations and logistics sectors.
“Expanding these teams is a key driver of our growth strategy and strengthens our position as a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry,” said Henry Buckley, president and CEO of Uni-Select.