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AutoZone Announces Executive Changes

Executives Bill Giles and Bill Hackney will retire at the end of December.

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AutoZone, Inc., recently announced that Bill Giles, executive VP and CFO, finance, information technology and store development, and Bill Hackney, senior VP, merchandising will retire at the end of December.

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“I give special thanks to Bill Giles and Bill Hackney for their many contributions and years of exceptional service to our organization, their fellow AutoZoners and customers,” said Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO. “In his 14-year AutoZone career, Bill Giles has driven innovation, provided insightful guidance and leadership, and worked tirelessly to further strengthen our financial position. Bill Hackney has been an AutoZoner for 37 years and led multiple areas and teams across the company during his remarkable career. His passion for and deep understanding of our culture, customers and businesses are unparalleled. While we will certainly miss them both, they have built organizations that are well prepared to continue moving our company forward into the future. I wish them and their families the very best in their retirements,” said Rhodes.

Additionally, Jamere Jackson will join the company as executive VP and CFO-elect, finance and store development, and Seong Ohm will join as senior VP, merchandising.

Jackson will come to AutoZone from Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. where he was most recently executive VP and CFO. Before joining Hertz, Jackson served as CFO of Nielsen Holdings. Prior to joining Nielsen Holdings, he was VP and CFO of a division of General Electric Oil and Gas. Throughout his career, Jackson has also held several roles in finance, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning.

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Ohm will join AutoZone from the Dairy Farm Group, where she was the group commercial development officer supporting development, sourcing, branding and packaging for private-label and exclusive brands in 7,000 retail outlets across 11 Southeast Asian countries. She was also the chief commercial officer for Home Plus, the second largest retailer in Korea and led its merchandising, sourcing and planning teams. Prior to these roles, Ohm was senior VP, general merchandise manager for both Walmart and Sam’s Club and VP/divisional merchandise manager, technology for Walmart Stores, Inc. Ohm began her career with General Electric in marketing, planning, brand management and strategy development.

Ohm will report to Mark Finestone, executive VP, merchandising, marketing, supply chain and E-commerce. Jackson will report to Bill Rhodes. Both will be members of the company’s executive committee.

“We are very excited to have Jamere and Seong join AutoZone. Jamere’s strong business acumen and experiences at Hertz, Nielsen and GE are well-suited for this position and contributing to the ongoing success of our company. Seong’s extensive leadership experience in the retail industry, including merchandising and global sourcing, will provide added depth to our talented management team,” said Rhodes.

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