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AutoZone Appoints Nationwide Exec, Jo-Ann Stores CEO To Board Of Directors

“The additions of Gale [King] and Jill [Soltau] to our board of directors will further enhance the depth of experiences and the diversity of skill sets represented on our board,” said Bill Rhodes, CEO of AutoZone.

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AutoZone recently announced the appointment of Gale King and Jill Soltau to its board of directors.

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“The additions of Gale and Jill to our board of directors will further enhance the depth of experiences and the diversity of skill sets represented on our board,” said Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO of Memphis, Tenn.-based AutoZone. “We are very fortunate to be able add these two exceptional leaders to our board.”

Gale King

King is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Nationwide, overseeing the company’s human resources, corporate real estate, corporate security and aviation operations. She previously served as the executive vice president – chief human resources officer.

Under her leadership, Nationwide has been recognized as an employer of choice for its strong culture, performance orientation and commitment to diversity and inclusion. King has more than 30 years of broad leadership experience in the financial services industry, including strategic oversight of enterprise staff functions and operational experience in business operations.

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She currently serves as a board trustee and chair for the University of Florida Foundation, vice chair for the National Urban League and board trustee for the Executive Leadership Council and Columbus Museum of Art.

Jill Soltau

Jill Soltau is president and CEO of Jo-Ann Stores, the nation’s largest craft and fabric retailer.

Since taking the helm of the 870-store chain, Soltau has led the craft icon to modernize its product assortment, revitalize its branding and customer-centered culture, expand its digital and omni-channel capabilities, and launch a bulk buying program, Jo-Ann+.

Soltau has 30 years of diverse experience in the retail industry, with a background steeped in customer-facing concentrations including merchandising, private brand development, marketing and customer experience, as well as organization and team development and executive management.

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Prior to joining Jo-Ann, Soltau served as president of Shopko Stores and held senior-level positions in national and regional retailers, including Kohl’s and former Saks Inc. subsidiaries.

With the additions, AutoZone now has 12 board members.

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