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Larry Samuelson Named President of U.S. Automotive Parts Group

Larry Prince, chairman and CEO of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), announced yesterday that Larry Samuelson has been named president of the U.S. Automotive Parts Group, effective immediately. The position was previously held by Bob McKenna, who departed in 2003. GPC CEO Tom Gallagher held the position in the interim. Samuelson is currently president and CEO of NAPA Canada/UAP Inc. He will continue to hold these responsibilities in addition to his new ones with the U.S. Automotive Parts Group.

ATLANTA and MONTREAL — Larry Prince, chairman and CEO of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), announced yesterday that Larry Samuelson has been named president of the U.S. Automotive Parts Group, effective immediately. The position was previously held by Bob McKenna, who departed in 2003. GPC CEO Tom Gallagher held the position in the interim.

Samuelson is currently president and CEO of NAPA Canada/UAP Inc. He will continue to hold these responsibilities in addition to his new ones with the U.S. Automotive Parts Group. He is a 29-year veteran of GPC and has successfully held positions in sales, operations and management within the U.S. Automotive Parts Group. In February of 2000, he was asked to join NAPA Canada/UAP as executive vice president of the automotive parts division.

As president of the U.S. Automotive Parts Group, Samuelson will have responsibility for the entire U.S. automotive network of 58 distribution centers and 900 company owned stores, said Prince. He will work to further develop and strengthen relationships and growth opportunities with the nearly 5,000 independently owned NAPA Auto Parts stores.

“We are pleased to have a proven executive like Larry Samuelson lead our U.S. Automotive Parts Group,” said Prince. “He will be leading an extremely capable management team and we can look forward to strong results coming from this important segment of GPC.”

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