ABRA Auto Body & Glass Announces Succession Plan, Commences CEO Search

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Announces Succession Plan, Commences CEO Search

ABRA's CEO Duane Rouse to assume role of vice chairman of the board of directors.

ABRA Auto Body - LogoABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today that Duane Rouse plans to transition from day-to-day operations, stepping down as CEO to assume the role of vice chairman of the board of directors. Rouse will continue to serve as CEO until a replacement is appointed. ABRA has commenced an executive search for a successor.

“As I prepare to step back from day-to-day operations and move into my new role, I want to thank our more than 5,000 employees who have been the secret to our success in growing into a leading national damaged vehicle repair company,” said Rouse. “I am confident that under the leadership of a new CEO, supported by our current best-in-the-business executive team, ABRA will continue as a reliable partner for insurers while maintaining rapid and profitable growth.”

Under Rouse’s leadership, ABRA has grown substantially while maintaining profitability. In addition to adding more than 150 new locations in the past two years, Rouse also helped position ABRA for the long-term, building a deep and capable team of executives to lead the company. Under Rouse’s leadership as CEO since 2011, the company’s system-wide revenue has increased from under $300 million to more than $1 billion.

Looking forward, Rouse added, “With a successful strategy and accomplished executive team in place, ABRA is well-positioned for the future. The company is in a position of strength and now is the time to transition day-to-day leadership to a new chief executive who will lead the company into its next chapter of growth. I will remain a significant shareholder, and through my vice chairman role I look forward to continuing to be part of ABRA’s very bright future.”

Erik Ragatz, current chair of the ABRA board, and managing director of private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, ABRA’s majority shareholder, said, “During his 20 year tenure — and particularly in his five years as CEO — Duane not only helped aggressively grow the company through both strategic acquisitions and internal initiatives, but also built a wonderful organization and business. We are now beginning a search that will identify CEO candidates with the right experience and cultural fit for the organization. Duane will be an important voice in this process, and remain an important part of ABRA as he assumes the role of vice chairman.”

You May Also Like

Lucas Oil Announces Executive Promotions

Morgan Lucas has been named CEO, and Katie Lucas has been promoted to president.


Lucas Oil Products has promoted Morgan Lucas to CEO and Katie Lucas to president. Morgan Lucas previously held the position of president since May 2020, after serving as senior vice president of sales. Katie Lucas was vice president of strategy and philanthropy before becoming chief administrative officer in 2022.

The company's founders, Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, expressed their support for the promotions, highlighting the leadership qualities of Morgan and Katie Lucas.

AkzoNobel Announces Leadership Changes

Dan Carranza, John Griffin and Dustin Warren were all recently promoted to new posts within the company.

AkzoNobel Announces Leadership Changes
AACF Board of Trustees Welcomes Hans Blatter

Blatter is president and owner of Castle Products, Inc., a manufacturer of lubricants, additives, cleaners and degreasers.

AACF Board of Trustees Welcomes Hans Blatter
Phillips Connect Taps Mark Wallin as SVP of Products

Wallin will leverage advanced data, AI and intelligent automation to improve productivity for customers.

Cummins Makes Board of Directors’ Appointment

Allegion president and CEO John Stone joins the board.

Cummins Makes Board of Directors’ Appointment

Other Posts

DMA Product Development Team Continues to Grow

The company has hired David Sapp, previously an Auto Plus Auto Parts account manager, as its new assistant product manager.

VIPAR Heavy Duty Adds New Program Manager

Newly appointed Candy Daume has more than 25 years of heavy-duty aftermarket experience.

VIPAR Heavy Duty Adds New Program Manager
BBB Industries Announces Leadership Changes

John Boyer has been appointed president of BBB’s Undercar division, and Maria Caballero has been appointed president of TerrePower.

Boyer_Caballero_BBB Industries
ASE Education Foundation Names New Assistant Vice President

In her new role, Virginia Oden will collaborate with the foundation’s field managers, industry partners, and other outside stakeholders.