The man tasked with leading the integration of Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack into investor Carl Icahn’s portfolio of auto parts businesses has left the company. Brent Windom has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Uni-Select Inc.’s Canadian Automotive Group. Since early 2016 Windom has served as CEO and president of IEH Auto Parts LLC, which included Pep Boys and Auto Plus. He begins his duties at Uni-Select Canada July 3.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Windom, who previously had served as president and chief operating officer of Uni-Select USA Inc. — before it too was acquired by Icahn.
“Brent has a solid track record of driving business growth through innovation, successful strategic initiatives and developing people,” says Henry Buckley, CEO and president of Uni-Select. “We are extremely proud to welcome Brent back as a member of our executive team and are confident that, with his extensive leadership and his strong knowledge of the Canadian automotive aftermarket, he will be a key contributor in the pursuit of Uni-Select’s growth ambitions.”
Windom will replace Gary O’Connor, who is retiring as president and chief operating officer of the company’s Canadian Automotive Group at the end of 2017. O’Connor will work as a “strategic advisor” to Windom through the end of the year.
“On behalf of the board of directors, the executive team and our 3,000+ team members, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to Gary for his tireless dedication and leadership in helping build an outstanding corporation,” says Buckley. “The success of Uni-Select is, in large part, due to his extraordinary talent, his professional expertise and his leadership. Gary has earned the trust and respect of our team members, partners and industry leaders and he will be missed by all who had the privilege of working with him.”