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AutoZone Appoints New Board Members

With these two new additions, AutoZone now has 12 board members.


AutoZone Inc. has announced the appointment of Gale King and Jill Soltau to the AutoZone board of directors.

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“The additions of Gale and Jill to our board of directors will further enhance the depth of experiences and the diversity of skill sets represented on our board,” said Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO. “We are very fortunate to be able add these two exceptional leaders to our board.”

King is executive vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO) for Nationwide, a Fortune 68 financial services company, overseeing its human resources, corporate real estate, corporate security and aviation operations. King previously served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Under her leadership, Nationwide has been recognized as an employer of choice for its strong culture, performance orientation and commitment to diversity and inclusion. King has more than 30 years of broad leadership experience in the financial services industry, including strategic oversight of enterprise staff functions and operational experience in business operations. She currently serves as a board trustee and chair for the University of Florida Foundation, vice chair for the National Urban League and board trustee for the Executive Leadership Council of the Columbus Museum of Art.

Soltau is president and CEO of JOANN Stores. Since taking the helm of the 870-store chain, Soltau has led the craft icon to modernize its product assortment, revitalize its branding and customer-centered culture, expand its digital and omni-channel capabilities and launch a bulk buying program, JOANN+. Soltau has 30 years of diverse experience in the retail industry, with a background steeped in customer-facing concentrations including merchandising, private brand development, marketing and customer experience, as well as organization and team development and executive management. Prior to joining JOANN, Soltau served as president of Shopko Stores and held senior level positions in national and regional retailers including Kohl’s and former Saks Inc. subsidiaries.


With these additions, AutoZone now has 12 board members.




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