Boucherville (Québec), May 3, 2019 – Uni-Select Inc. (TSX:UNS) (“Uni-Select”) is pleased to announce that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Brent Windom, has been formally appointed as a member of its Board of Directors, effective May 2, 2019.
Mr. Windom was appointed President and CEO on April 29, 2019. He brings over 30 years of experience of transformational change in the automotive aftermarket industry. During his career, he held various leadership roles and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Auto Plus ǀ Pep Boys, an important automotive aftermarket parts distributor in the U.S. His previous experience includes the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer of Uni‑Select USA, Inc., Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the North American operations of Uni-Select, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Uni-Select USA, Inc. and Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising for Middle Atlantic Warehouse Distributor, Inc.
“We are proud to have Brent joining the Uni-Select Board of Directors,” said Michelle Cormier, Chair of the Board. “As we progress with the strategic alternatives review, Brent’s extensive operational and change management experience will be highly valuable and will complement our Board expertise.”
Brent Windom serves a member of the Board of Directors of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. Through the years, he was also a member of several industry boards in the U.S., of which the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF).
Today’s announcement is made as part of Uni-Select’s ongoing board renewal process that has seen fifty percent of the directors having joined since May 2017. With the appointment of Mr. Windom, Uni‑Select now has a total of twelve board members.
Uni-Select is a leader in the distribution of automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products in North America, as well as a leader in the automotive aftermarket parts business in Canada and in the UK. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, Québec, Canada, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
In Canada, Uni-Select supports over 16,000 automotive repair and collision repair shops through a growing national network of more than 1,100 independent customers and over 70 company-owned stores, many of which operate under the Uni-Select BUMPER TO BUMPER®, AUTO PARTS PLUS® AND FINISHMASTER® store banner programs. It also supports over 3,900 shops through its automotive repair/installer shop banners, as well as through its automotive refinish banners.
In the United States, Uni-Select, through its wholly-owned subsidiary FinishMaster, Inc., operates a national network of over 200 automotive refinish company-owned stores under the FINISHMASTER banner which services a network of over 30,000 customers annually, of which it is the primary supplier to over 6,800 collision repair centre customers.
In the UK and Ireland, Uni-Select, through its Parts Alliance group of subsidiaries, is a leading distributor of automotive parts supporting over 23,000 customer accounts with a network of over 180 company-owned stores.