Advance Auto Names New CEO Shane O’Kelly

Company Starts Review as Earnings Shrink
Advance Auto Parts store
Advance Auto Parts stock has plunged 54% this year through the Aug. 22 close. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

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Advance Auto Parts Inc. named a new CEO and started a strategic review of the business as it struggles to keep up with inflation.

Shane O’Kelly, the head of Home Depot Inc.’s HD Supply unit, will become CEO of Advance Auto effective Sept. 11, the company said Aug. 23. The aftermarket parts retailer reported quarterly profit that missed estimates and lowered its outlook for the year.

O’Kelly will replace Tom Greco, who informed the company earlier this year of his plans to retire. Advance Auto said that Greco will stay on for an unspecified period as an adviser.

“Profitability in the quarter was below expectations, primarily related to our inability to price to cover inflation,” Greco said in a statement. The company made strategic investments that helped drive comparable-store sales growth in the final four weeks of the second quarter, which continued into the third quarter, he said.

Shane O'Kelly


Advance Auto shares rose as much as 6.2% and were up 0.6% as of 7:30 a.m. in New York, before the start of regular trading. The stock has plunged 54% this year through the Aug. 22 close.

Adjusted earnings probably will shrink this year to $4.50 to $5.10 a share, the company said, down from its earlier forecast range of $6 to $6.50. Quarterly profit on that basis slumped to $1.43 a share, missing analysts’ average estimate for $1.63.

O’Kelly has more than three decades of experience in supply chain and operations. Before leading HD Supply, he was CEO of lubricant distributor PetroChoice.

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