LENEXA, Kan. At a recent board meeting in Chicago, Dan Freeman, president and CEO of Automotive Parts Associates (APA), announced his intention to retire.
“It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to retire from APA,” said Freeman. “While I’m excited about the leisure that retirement offers, I will miss working for this incredible group in this challenging industry. I am pleased that I had the opportunity to serve APA and its shareholders for the past 23 years. My many positive experiences here, both professional and personal, will always be fondly remembered.”
While no date has been set for the appointment of a successor, APA’s board of directors has established a search committee, which will be headed by APA Chairman Robert Duxler. APA says the selection process will begin immediately and Freeman will continue to serve as APA’s leader until the transition is complete.
“Dan’s leadership has been a catalyst in APA’s achievements. He has made a significant difference in the lives of each shareholder. While he won’t be easy to replace, we’re always up for a challenge. With this announcement, we are hopeful that the right candidate will approach us for discussions,” said Duxler.
Freeman joined APA as national sales manager in January 1989 and has served as president and CEO since May 1999. His career began in 1964 in Cleveland, when joined his family’s business, MTM Auto Parts Co., after attending The Ohio State University. In the 1970s, Freeman developed an auto parts packaging company called Sea-Gate Automotive Distribution Center, which he sold to AI Automotive, a chain of 23 auto parts warehouses. Freeman remained as president and relocated the operation to New Orleans.
Qualified candidates interested in being considered for the role of APA president and CEO should visit www.professionalschoice.com, click on Careers and submit a resume online. Questions can be submitted to [email protected].