New CFO Named At U.S. Auto Parts - aftermarketNews

New CFO Named At U.S. Auto Parts

Neil Watanabe has more than 30 years of finance, accounting and operational experience and has served as the CFO for both public and private national retail companies.

US-AutoParts-logoCARSON, Calif. – U.S. Auto Parts Network has appointed Neil Watanabe as CFO, effective March 23.

Watanabe has more than 30 years of finance, accounting and operational experience and has served as the CFO for both public and private national retail companies. Watanabe recently served as chief operating officer for National Stores, a discount department store chain that operates more than 300 locations. Prior to joining National Stores, from 2006-‘14, Watanabe was the executive vice president and CFO for Anna’s Linens, a national textiles and home goods store that operates more than 300 locations.

Watanabe, a veteran financial executive, also previously served as the CFO for Shoe Pavilion, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, Sears Health and Nutrition, PetSmart, Mac Frugal Bargain Closeout, Kay Bee Toys and Motherhood Maternity. He began his career with Montgomery Ward and Filene’s Basement. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor of arts. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.

Shane Evangelist, CEO, commented, “We are very excited to appoint Neil Watanabe as our CFO. Neil is a veteran public company financial executive who brings a wealth of experience working with successful brands. Neil has a proven track record of helping businesses grow revenue and shareholder value.”

In connection with Watanabe’s appointment, Michael Yoshida, who was serving as interim CFO, will return to his prior role as vice president and controller of U.S. Auto Parts. “On behalf of U.S. Auto Parts and our board of directors, I would like to thank Mike for his leadership and contributions to the company while serving as interim CFO. Mike will continue to be an important part of our management team serving in a valuable role.”

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